Hungry for FREE digital learning tools for younger ages? Check out the Runoff Simulation, an animated version of the Site Storm Model package of Model My Watershed in which learners explore how land use and soil determine whether rainfall infiltrates, runs off, or is evaporated/transpired by plants! This digital learning tool can help young K-5 learners explore stormwater runoff, soil types, and the water cycle. It’s also a terrific tool among older ages as a precursor to Model My Watershed!
The Runoff Simulation is part of the WikiWatershed Toolkit, a Stroud Water Research Center initiative to help citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water.
Free Watershed-Modeling Curricula for Middle School, High School, and College Students!
Do you need hands-on lessons that engage students in online tools while also providing opportunities for outdoor exploration and evaluation? We invite caregivers/parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and educators to explore these units from our WikiWatershed Toolkit Curricula page:
💧 Watershed Modeling STEM Mini-Unit: This mini-unit was designed for middle and high school students to learn systems thinking and geospatial analysis skills in the context of place-based problem-solving for watershed science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). During two interactive lessons (Lesson One: Effects of Land Cover and Soils in Watersheds and Lesson Two: Modeling Improvements to My Schoolyard), students use online GIS-based modeling tools to develop an understanding of stormwater dynamics in their schoolyard, on their home property, or anywhere they choose in nearby nature! Download the mini-unit teacher guide and student worksheets today!
💧Teaching Environmental Sustainability – Model My Watershed Five-Lesson Unit: Follow directions on our Curricula page to find this middle school unit on the Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI) portal.
💧 Water SCIENCE Four-Lesson Unit: Follow directions on our Curricula page to find this middle school unit at our project partner’s (Concord Consortium) STEM Resource Finder.
💧 College Curriculum: Follow directions on our Curricula page to find this college-level unit on the Carleton College’s InTeGrate portal.