Getting Started on the RiverXchange Curriculum <ul><li>A quick overview of: </li></ul><ul><li>How to pace the curriculum <...
Pacing the RiverXchange Curriculum <ul><li>10 topics plus a field trip </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 activities per month </li></u...
What's in Your Packet <ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>9 USGS Posters   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They fit together to mak...
In the Lesson Plan for Each Topic <ul><li>Classroom activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We've included lots of high-quality res...
Tips from Veteran RiverXchange Teachers <ul><li>Getting computer lab time is the hardest part!  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rese...
Inviting Guest Speakers <ul><li>Guest speakers make everything more fun! </li></ul><ul><li>They bring a fresh perspective,...
Photos of Some of the Activities <ul><li>Groundwater </li></ul><ul><li>Shows how surface water and groundwater are connect...
Photos of Some of the Activities <ul><li>Forests and Wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>Use cotton balls to model trees and how th...
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Getting Started with the RiverXchange Curriculum

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Getting Started with the RiverXchange Curriculum

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

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