Score Four: Students, Schools, Streams, and the Bay

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)
Summary:Score Four lessons culminate with student-led stormwater-reduction projects—but before students turn one shovel of dirt, they are engaged in hands-on investigations of their school's watershed and campus. Students assess permeability, stormwater dynamics, pollution sources, soils, and possible project sites. Using these findings, they pick a site for their stormwater-reduction project, create a project design, and plan maintenance. Projects can be native gardens, conservation landscapes, rain barrels, tree plantings, rain gardens, and more. Best for grades 6 through 12.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 5; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.C; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-5; HS-ESS3-4; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Structure and function
Subjects: pollution; soils; water; water availability; water quality; watershed
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