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Lesson Idea Name: The Story of Water
Content Area: Environmental Science/Biology
Grade Level(s): 11th/12th
Content Standard Addressed:
SEV1: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the flow of energy and cycling of matter
within an ecosystem.
SEV4: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze human impact on natural resources.
SEV5: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of human population growth on
global ecosystems.

https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Documents/Science-Biology-Georgia-Standards.pdf

Technology Standard Addressed:
ISTE-S 1: Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating
competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
ISTE-S 3: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce
creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.

https://www.iste.org/standards/standards/for-students

Selected Technology Tool: Microsoft Power Point

URL(s) to support the lesson (if applicable): all URLs are within the presentation

Bloom’s Taxonomy Level(s):
☒ Remembering ☒ Understanding ☒ Applying ☒ Analyzing ☒ Evaluating ☐ Creating

Levels of Technology Integration (LoTi Level):
☐ Level 1: Awareness ☐ Level 2: Exploration ☐ Level 3: Infusion ☒ Level 4: Integration
☐ Level 5: Expansion ☐ Level 6: Refinement

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Basic Productivity Tools (BPT)
Lesson idea implementation:
This lesson is designed to enhance the understanding of the water cycle by first introducing the topic of
watershed ecology and then building back out to review the water cycle as well as local watersheds. Students
will work on this flipped classroom assignment between lessons, either at home or during designated lab time
in class. Students will learn the basic definition of a watershed and then review in detail the water cycle in
order to develop a better understanding of how a watershed fits into this larger process. After this review
students will explore the local watershed in which they inhabit (mostly the Middle Chattahoochee, Upper
Chattahoochee) through guided instruction. This activity is meant to be an introduction to the next project
that will be done in class. This activity will use Fieldscope (a GIS application) to further explore the watershed
that they will identify through their case study completed in a previous lesson.

In this lesson several standards will be addressed. Through the use of guided lessons the students will choose
their own watershed to investigate further as well as eventually work towards finding resources in their local
community that could benefit from watershed knowledge. This initial use of technology to engage with the
student’s local community through research is meant to foster awareness and civic-minded behavior. This
meets LoTi level 4 with the potential of building into LoTi level 5. Students will also utilize every level of
Bloom’s taxonomy except for the last level, creating. Students will achieve these levels of learning through
learning about the components of the water cycle and watersheds and applying this learning to
understanding local/global watersheds. In addition, students will learn about basic water use using
simulations provided by USGS (links embedded in power point). Students will demonstrate their
understanding of these simulations by analyzing and evaluating water use differences based off family size,
residence location, climate factors, and etc. This will be accomplished in class where students will come
together in groups to discuss and compare their water usage data. ISTE standards 1 and 2 will be addressed
through the use of water use data scenarios that cause students to address real world issues and how they
are connected to these issues. This lesson will also promote working with fellow students in order to draw
comparisons and evaluate personal use of water. In addition, engagement with local watershed data via
publicly available databases will promote these standards as well.

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