We All Live in a Watershed

Grade: Kindergarten
Three 1-hour sessions and one 2-hour field trip to the San Lorenzo River or local tributary
Location: Classroom and San Lorenzo River/local tributary

Materials, transportation and teaching provided free by the Coastal Watershed Council
Supported by generous funding from the County of Santa Cruz Green Schools Program, City of Santa Cruz, the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation.

Supports Next Generation Science Standards: 
K-LS1-1: Use observation to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
K-ESS3-1: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
K-ESS3-3: Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

Complements FOSS Kit
Kindergarten: Animals Two by Two

Lesson Series Overview:
When there is more water in the San Lorenzo River, it is easier for Steelhead Trout to live and grow. All living things depend on the same natural resources for their survival, albeit in different ways. Students will examine the similarities and differences between human and Steelhead Trout use of water and how human uses of water impact the survival of Steelhead Trout. Students will apply their knowledge to identify actions we can all take to conserve water.

Students will: 
Session #1 (Classroom): Build a simple model of a steelhead trout habitat. Using this model, students will examine how human use of water impacts the habitat of steelhead trout. Students will begin to explore the life cycle of the steelhead trout.

Session #2 (FIELD TRIP): Field trip to the San Lorenzo River in downtown Santa Cruz and make observations of the river using scientific tools to learn more about steelhead trout habitat.

Session #3 (Classroom): Expand their model of steelhead trout habitat to include what steelhead trout need a various phases of their life cycle.

Session #4 (Classroom): Observe the impact of human use of river water on the steelhead trout by extracting water from the Habitat Model and observing what happens to the steelhead trout. Learn about and communicate solutions of how humans can save water.

Schedule “We All Live in a Watershed”
If you are interested in scheduling the “We All Live in a Watershed” lesson series, please use the below registration form. Please contact Mollie Behn, Education Coordinator, with any questions at mbehn@coastal-watershed.org.

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