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Water Quality Curricula
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Habitat Action

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Recommended Lessons - These activities teach information and concepts directly relevant to habitat restoration projects.

Grades K-2:

Grades 3-5:

  • Project WET:
    "Water Address," p. 122, map a watershed. "Humpty Dumpty," p. 316, examine habitat restoration. "Just Passing Through," p. 166, habitat retention of water.
  • Environmental Resource Guide:
    "Don't Runoff," p. 27 in K-3 book, examine types of pollution, sources in runoff. "Wet Blankets," p. 39, model soil erosion. "Stop that Soil!" p. 75, construction erosion prevention. "Farming Ugly!" p. 83, agricultural erosion prevention.
  • The Water Sourcebook:
    "Wetland in a Bottle," p. 2-63, model wetland as filter. "Settling the Wastewater Problem," p. 2-73, function of settling pond. "Stop that Sediment," p. 3-41, examine sources of erosion. "Wonderful, Waterful Wetlands," p. 5-1, model filtering function of wetlands.
  • Wonders of Wetlands: Many excellent lessons related to aquatic habitat.
  • Bottle Biology:
    "TerrAqua Column, p. 61, model impacts of various nutrients on lake ecology.
  • The Teaching Tank™:
    "Fertilizer Pollution," model impacts of nutrients. "Macro-Pond Life," model impacts of nutrients.
  • Aquatic Wild:
    "Watered Down History," p. 116, culture and history. "The Glass Menagerie," p. 130, model impacts of nutrient pollution.

Grades 6-8:

  • Project WET:
    "Water Address," p. 122, map a watershed. "Humpty Dumpty," p. 316, examine habitat restoration. "Just Passing Through," p. 166, habitat retention of water.
  • Environmental Resource Guide
    "That Settles It," p. 15, test water clarity.
  • The Water Sourcebook:
    "Algae Growth," p. 3-19, nutrient pollution experiment. "Runoff," p. 3-39, examine characteristics of runoff. "Using Topo Maps and Data Tables to Determine Surface Water Quality," p. 3-47.
  • Wonders of Wetlands:
    Many excellent lessons related to aquatic habitat.
  • Bottle Biology:
    "TerrAqua Column, p. 61, model impacts of various nutrients on lake ecology.
  • The Teaching Tank:
    "Fertilizer Pollution," model impacts of nutrients. "Macro-Pond Life," model impacts of nutrients.
  • Aquatic Wild:
    "Migration Headaches," p. 94, examine bird habitat. "Riparian Retreat," p. 34, observe river corridors. "Blue Ribbon Niche," p. 72, observe river corridors. "Watered Down History," p. 116, culture and history. "The Glass Menagerie," p. 130, model impacts of nutrient pollution.

Grades 9-12:

  • Environmental Resource Guide:
    "Fed Up," p. 55, nutrient impacts on water quality. "It's Sedimentary, My Dear Watson," p. 69, study sediments. "Slip Slidin' Away," p. 101, examine effects of different ground covers on erosion. "The Grass Is Always Cleaner," p. 167, examine land use and erosion. "Eee-Aye-E.I.S.," p. 179, agricultural best practices.
  • Wonders of Wetlands:
    Many excellent lessons related to aquatic habitat.
  • Aquatic Wild:
    "Migration Headaches," p. 94, examine bird habitat. "Riparian Retreat," p. 34, observe river corridors. "Blue Ribbon Niche," p. 72, observe river corridors.
  • Project WET:
    "Water Address," p. 122, map a watershed. "Humpty Dumpty," p. 316, examine habitat restoration.

Habitat Action
National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats® offers excellent resources. (Click "create a habitat site" button on left.)
Order the Schoolyard Habitats® Starter Kit. It includes planning materials organized as elementary school curriculum. Explore links to academic standards.
School Nature Area Project Benefiting the Biomes delves into contextual issues of habitat restoration and then provides a proven planning system. Organized around six key considerations for site design: Diversity, Limited Fragmentation, Native Plants, Rare Species, Reasonable Access, and Wildlife. Benefiting the Biomes.
Return of the Natives curriculum. A project of California State University Monterey Bay and the Bureau of Land Management. Download free.
Earth Partnership for Schools at the University of Wisconsin.
KTCA Twin Cities Public Television e-connection TV programs and related lesson plans.

Tree Planting
Arbor Day free curriculum download from Minnesota DNR.
Project Learning Tree curriculum and training is available from Minnesota DNR.

Other Curriculum
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, MinnAqua - Uses fishing to introduce youth to lake and stream ecology.
Junior Master Gardener gardening curriculum.
The Wild Ones: Children's Education Program of Wildlife Trust. Teacher Connection includes posts of teachers' lesson plans.
Windstar Wildlife Institute for on-property habitats.
Adopt-a-Stream Foundation has some information on habitat restoration.
Field Museum of Chicago, high school teacher post.
A chapter on gardening in the Complete Guide to Service-Learning lists and describes children's literature related to gardening and explores links for service-learning projects across the curriculum.

Other Curriculum Resources

Project How-To's - For ideas and step-by-step instructions on how to restore habitat, go to the Service-Learning Projects page.

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