Ch 2: Water in the Environment Lesson Plans

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These teaching resources make it easy to teach students about water in the environment. You'll find lesson plans and supplemental lessons all in one place to help you make the most of your planning time.

Water in the Environment Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

In this helpful chapter, you'll find lessons plans to help you teach your students about water in the environment. We've included lesson plans on topics such as wetlands, the intertidal zone, salt marshes and estuaries. You will also find supplemental lessons that can be used in class or assigned for homework. You can access these teaching resources at any time on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

How It Helps

  • Age-apprpriate: You'll find lesson plans for a variety of of age groups, including some specifically directed to younger children, so you'll be sure to capture their attention.
  • Provides background: The supplemental lessons cover characteristics, definitions, facts and examples to give your students a thorough understanding of water in the environment.
  • Meets educational standards: Our professional instructors have developed these lesson plans to meet relevant educational standards.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning lessons about water in the environment easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for the water in the environment topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your environmental science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related water in the environment lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important water in the environment concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant water-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

19 Lessons in Chapter 2: Water in the Environment Lesson Plans
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Watershed Lesson Plan

1. Watershed Lesson Plan

Help watersheds come alive for your middle school students! Introduce the topic of watersheds with an engaging lesson, class discussion and an interactive, student-built model.

What is a Watershed? - Definition, Facts & Protection

2. What is a Watershed? - Definition, Facts & Protection

Have you ever wondered what happens to rain after it hits the ground? In this lesson, we will trace the amazing journey a raindrop takes after it falls on land. You will learn a definition of a watershed and explore examples of how watersheds are protected.

Watersheds Lesson Plan for Elementary School

3. Watersheds Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about watersheds with this lesson plan. Students will begin by reading and discussing a text lesson that explains what watersheds are. They will then participate in a hands-on activity to reinforce key ideas, then apply the lesson concepts to a fun project.

Watershed Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

4. Watershed Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Water is essential for life to survive on earth. The water that living things use comes from different places. In this lesson, you will learn all about watersheds and their importance in providing water to our world.

Intertidal Zone Lesson Plan

5. Intertidal Zone Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the intertidal zone. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the intertidal zone, and further explore the intertidal zone of a selected area on Earth.

Intertidal Zone: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

6. Intertidal Zone: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

Sea stars, anemones, and crabs, oh my! In this lesson, learn about the zone of the ocean where these creatures can be found. Discover some key characteristics and facts of this zone, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Salt Marsh Lesson Plan

7. Salt Marsh Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the salt marsh ecosystem with this lesson plan. Students will read about the plant and animal life in the salt marsh and how they interact, discuss content and show understanding through active learning and a quiz.

Salt Marsh: Definition & Ecosystem

8. Salt Marsh: Definition & Ecosystem

In this lesson, you'll learn about the complex ecosystem of salt marshes, including the wide variety of plants and animals in salt marshes and they contribute to shoreline health.

Wetlands Lesson Plan for Elementary School

9. Wetlands Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is unique about wetlands and what types of animals make them their home? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight key facts about wetlands for students. An activity allows students to create visuals of salt and fresh water wetlands.

Wetland Lesson for Kids: Facts & Ecosystem

10. Wetland Lesson for Kids: Facts & Ecosystem

In this lesson, we will explore the wetlands. We'll not only learn what a wetland is and where you can find one, but we will also take a look at plants and animals that live in wetlands and how they are important to our world.

Estuaries Lesson Plan for Elementary School

11. Estuaries Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about estuaries. Students start off reading a text lesson that explains characteristics and life in estuaries, identify common types of estuaries, and apply understanding through active learning.

Estuaries Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

12. Estuaries Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Did you know that some plants and animals can live in both salt and fresh water? In this lesson, we'll learn some important vocabulary and facts about estuaries, how they're formed, and what life is like for the living things residing in them.

Estuaries Lesson Plan

13. Estuaries Lesson Plan

Teach your students about estuaries with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video that defines estuaries, gives characteristics and offers examples. They will synthesize information through discussions and activities, then follow up with a quiz to check understanding.

Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

14. Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Have you ever gone swimming, kayaking, or exploring in a marshy coastal area? If so, you were enjoying the natural beauty of an estuary, a place where rivers meet large bodies of water. These unique ecosystems are important, but also under threat.

Estuary Activities for Kids

15. Estuary Activities for Kids

Do you need an exciting way to help your students understand more about estuaries? Check out this lesson overflowing with activities you can use to ignite interest and enthusiasm with your students when teaching about estuaries.

Estuary Projects for Kids

16. Estuary Projects for Kids

Do you need engaging, meaningful ideas to help your students show what they've learned about estuaries? Check out this lesson for project ideas that you can incorporate as your students learn about what an estuary is.

Water Movement and Processes Activities for Middle School

17. Water Movement and Processes Activities for Middle School

As students learn more about the Earth and its environment, they may have many questions about how water moves and functions. This lesson offers activities for teaching water movement and processes at the middle school level.

Hydrosphere Project Ideas

18. Hydrosphere Project Ideas

Teaching your students about the hydrosphere can be interactive and interesting. Your students will be engaged as they build a hydrosphere in a box and become more aware of the water in the region and conservation efforts.

Erosion Project Ideas

19. Erosion Project Ideas

Educate your middle school students about erosion and its effects with these helpful ongoing project ideas. Not only will they dig in deep, but teach them analytical, cooperative, and communicative skills.

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