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Storm Drain Stenciling

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Recommended Lessons - These activities teach information and concepts directly relevant to storm drain stenciling.

Grades K-2:

  • Environmental Resource Guide:
    "Pond Scum," p. 41, model types and effects of pollution. "Can It," p. 59, clean up and analyze trash.
  • Project WET:
    "A-maze-ing Water," p. 219, examine nonpoint source pollutants.

Grades 3-5:

  • Environmental Resource Guide:
    "From Streets to Streams," p. 57, model urban runoff. "Nasty Waters," p. 31, simulate polluted pond. "Too Many Nutrients," p. 45, model and observe types of nutrient pollution.
  • The Water Sourcebook:
    "Shedding Light on Watersheds," p. 1-39, model landforms. "Settling the Wastewater Problem", p. 2-73, model a settling pond.
  • Aquatic Wild:
    "Watered Down History," p. 116, study culture and history of watershed. "Watershed," p. 172, map and analyze the watershed. "Something's Fishy Here," p. 176, examine case study.
  • Project WET:
    "Rainy Day Hike," p. 186, outdoor observation of water flow.

Grades 6-8:

  • TheWater Sourcebook:
    "Nutrients and Water Quality," p. 1-23, model nutrient pollutants. "Runoff," p. 3-39, examine characteristics of runoff. "Disposal of Old Paint," p. 4-1, examine household hazardous wastes.
  • Aquatic Wild:
    "Where Does Water Run Off After School?" p. 82, map water flow. "Watered Down History," p. 116, study culture and history of watershed. "Watershed," p. 172, map and analyze the watershed. "Something's Fishy Here," p. 176, examine case study.
  • Project WET:
    "Water Actions," p. 12, plan an action project.

Grades 9-12:

  • Environmental Resource Guide:
    "Watershed Woes," p. 19, map and analyze a watershed. "Fed Up," p. 55, study impacts of nutrients on water quality. "Breathtaking," p. 81, test dissolved oxygen, nutrients. "All Messed Up and Noplace to Go," p. 115, map runoff flow.
  • The Water Sourcebook:
    "Storm Water Best Management" p. 2-123, examine runoff. Aquatic Wild: "Where Does Water Run Off After School?" p. 82, map water flow. "Watershed," p. 172, map and analyze the watershed.
  • Project WET:
    "Color Me a Watershed," p. 223, examine impacts of development of water quality.

Other Curriculum Resources

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

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