Lesson Plan

Why Water Matters

Aerial view of six brightly colored kayaks making their way toward riffles in a brown river.
Grade Level:
High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
Lesson Duration:
60 Minutes
Common Core Standards:
6-8.RST.1, 6-8.RST.2, 6-8.RST.4, 6-8.RST.5, 6-8.RST.6, 6-8.RST.7, 6-8.RST.9, 9-10.RST.1, 9-10.RST.2, 9-10.RST.4, 9-10.RST.5, 9-10.RST.6, 9-10.RST.7, 9-10.RST.9, 11-12.RST.1, 11-12.RST.2, 11-12.RST.4, 11-12.RST.5, 11-12.RST.6, 11-12.RST.7, 11-12.RST.9
State Standards:
Ohio Learning Standards: ENV.ES.1, ENV.ER.3, ENV.GP.2, ENV.GP.9, PG.ER.3, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.4
Additional Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards: HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4

Essential Question

What are some historic and current water quality issues in the local watershed?
What are the main causes of local and global water quality issues?


Students will:
- Identify water quality issues affecting local and global waterways.
- Be able to discuss specific water quality issues existing in northern Ohio watersheds.


Instructor should read over articles before handing them out to students, taking into consideration student grouping and reading levels. Total preparation time: about 40 minutes.


  • Opening questions (5 minutes)
  • Reading articles and answering summary questions (25 minutes)
  • Share-back (10 minutes)
  • Final reflection summaries (5 minutes)

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Last updated: September 22, 2020