The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with the background information on the topics we cover during our first visit with your students for the Well Watch program.
In the first section of the workshop, we investigated the structures that shape water’s journey by identifying the layers under our feet, learning the geological events that created each layer and investigated the important role each layer fulfills relating to water. In the second portion of the workshop, we investigated where our water comes from and the journey it takes. In the last section, we explored how our water practices and water management have evolved over time to understand our role in water’s journey.
As your final project for the workshop, we would like you to put a lesson together that you, and other teachers, could potentially use in the classroom. The only requirements we have is that it’s an inquiry-based learning lesson plan that covers any of the topics we discussed in this workshop. This lesson will be shared with participating teachers and uploaded to our website as a teacher resource. We encourage you to write the lesson using the 5 E’s of inquiry-based learning (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate). We included an outline of the 5Es in your Well Watch binder as an additional resource. If you need any additional information on this, please let us know. We’re being flexible as to what this looks like and are not requiring that the lesson be used in the classroom due to the adjustments we all have to make due to the pandemic. This lesson is due August 4th. Please email your lesson to Ivonne Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload it here.
All materials presented in this workshop will be available on the teacher resource page of the Well Watch website. We will also upload additional materials that have been requested. A template of the presentation we use when introducing the Well Watch program to students will be made available along with a tutorial for using the groundwater model, which you can check out if its something you’d like to use in the classroom. This groundwater model can be used in several ways to investigate a variety of topics.
If you’d like to incorporate any of the activities we completed in the workshop into your classroom, we would be happy to provide you with a class set of supplies. The materials we used in this workshop were a small scale of the actual supplies. If there are any additional materials or resources that you’d like us to put together, please let us know. We are here to serve you and your students!
We will be contacting you in August to discuss your plans for incorporating the Well Watch Program in the upcoming school year, however that may look like due to the current pandemic, and to discuss plans for continuing to test your site. Please let us know how we can help. We’re looking forward to working with your students again!