6th grade - Watersheds
Suggested Grade Level: 6th
Maximum Group Size Per Day: 45 students (plus chaperones) per site
Download Watersheds: Mountains to the Bay lesson plan (pdf, 75kb)
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Fresh water is a precious, non-renewable resource that is essential for life. People depend on it for drinking, transportation, livelihoods, and recreation. Water also provides habitat for many plants and animals. The manner in which this resource is protected has a direct impact upon the natural and human communities. ShenandoahNational Park lies at the headwaters for three of Virginia’s watersheds. Through study and observation of a mountain stream, students will connect local water sources with larger watersheds and better understand the dynamics of stream life and the extensive impacts of water management and usage. As human and environmental impacts are evaluated, stewardship behaviors that support a healthy world will be explored and practiced.
Following the park and classroom activities, the students will be able to
Virginia Science Standards of Learning Addressed
Strand: Living systems
6.7 - The student will investigate and understand the natural processes and human interactions that affect watershed systems. Key concepts include
Did You Know?
The large rounded boulders on the top of Old Rag, Shenandoah National Park’s most popular peak, were formed in place by chemical and physical weathering, called spheroidal weathering.