Getting Started with the RiverXchange CurriculumPresentation Transcript
Getting Started on the RiverXchange Curriculum
A quick overview of:
How to pace the curriculum
What's in your packet
What's in each lesson plan
Tips from veteran teachers
How to find guest speakers to visit your classroom
Photos and more info on some of the activities
Pacing the RiverXchange Curriculum
10 topics plus a field trip
1-2 activities per month
You must post on the first topic by November 1
Field trip can occur at any time of year
We hope you can write on at least 5 topics
A good goal is to get on the wikis at least once a month (8 times during the school year)
September – training
October – Our Rivers, Watershed Model
November – Infiltration and Runoff, Groundwater
December – Drinking Water
January – Water Rights, Wastewater
February – Commercial Uses of Our Rivers (agriculture, transportation, fisheries, recreation)
March – River Food Web
April – Forests and Wetlands
May – catch up
What's in Your Packet
9 USGS Posters
They fit together to make one huge picture – see the diagram on the back of each
Some of the activities in the curriculum are on the backs of posters
Don't Trash Our Rio handouts (student sheet, answer sheet, article, graphs) and trash bag
This is a great math activity; even though the article is about NM, the situation is common in many areas
Vocabulary crosswords (to use for review at the end of each unit)
Top 10 Ways to Protect Our Precious Water handout
Water Cycle Song lyrics
Two picture books about water quality testing (you can order more on the WWMD website)
A Waterproof Case
The Water Down Under
What about the Water Quality Test Kit?
We'll mail these after your students make their first post (they're expensive!)
In the Lesson Plan for Each Topic
We've included lots of high-quality resources, probably more than you have time for.
Do as much as your science time allows, choose whatever parts appeal to you most.
If you don't have time for every hands-on activity, just watch the video! There's one for just about every topic.
If YouTube is blocked at your school, use www.keepvid.com or other YouTube recorders to save videos to your flash drive
All the web links and files are posted on your wiki's Curriculum page
Items for teachers to post
Photo gallery (it's up to you whether to ID kids by name or even show faces, but the site is private)
NM is so different, our kids will be amazed by your scenery
Student writing assignment
Modify if you have other ideas
Student assessment questions
These are what students will be asked in online quizzes
Tips from Veteran RiverXchange Teachers
Getting computer lab time is the hardest part!
Reserve a regular lab time.
Do stations throughout the week on classroom computers if you can't get into the lab.
Plan time for writing – have kids prewrite on paper, and edit before going to the computer lab.
It takes them long enough just to type what they've written... they can't think about what they're writing and type at the same time.
Actively communicate with your partner teacher.
RiverXchange Journal (can be part of science notebook)
Tape usernames and passwords into the cover.
Have kids take notes when guest speakers visit.
The guest speakers are a highlight for kids – but they're often not professional educators, so be sure to help them out with classroom management.
Don't be shy about asking for help.
Don't get discouraged, just do what you can!
Inviting Guest Speakers
Guest speakers make everything more fun!
They bring a fresh perspective, share important technical information, and reduce your workload!
Students love to write about what they learned from a guest speaker or field trip docent.
We recommend you search the internet to identify organizations in your area/region that provide water resources outreach.
These organizations have different names in every state, county or town. We provide a list of likely organizations to contact in the “Resources for Participating Teachers” section on www.riverxchange.com
Even if there isn't an obvious education section on their website, try searching the site for “education,” “outreach” or “workshop”.
Try searching for agencies that provide Project WET training or workshops about your local river. Project WET contacts can be found at http://projectwet.org/where-we-are/map/
Photos of Some of the Activities
Shows how surface water and groundwater are connected.
Soap dispenser pump represents a well pump to show how pumping groundwater depletes surface water.
I like to use small containers so table groups can have their own model.
Use the cup with holes to represent a leaking underground storage tank – pour colored water in and see how pollution spreads.
Photos of Some of the Activities
Forests and Wetlands
Use cotton balls to model trees and how their roots help hold soil in place.
Use cotton balls, sponge or carpet to simulate wetlands and how they help control flooding and filter stormwater before it goes into the river.