Education Technology

Watersheds

Published on 07/31/2012

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will recognize the relationship between deforestations of a watershed and its effect on the biosphere.

Objectives

  • Students will recognize the relationship between deforestation of a watershed and its effect on the biosphere.
  • Students will make observations and analyze data to determine whether a relationship between deforestation and environmental factors is inverse or positive.

Vocabulary

  • watershed
  • turbidity
  • erosion
  • deforestation
  • qualitative and quantitative data
  • inverse relationship
  • positive correlation

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will explore a watershed simulation in which they can increase the amount of ground cover and observe the effects on the turbidity of the water and populations of living things.

As a result, students will have a better understanding of:

  • The effect of stream erosion on water quality.
  • The effect of deforestation on a watershed's ability to support life.
  • Positive correlations and inverse relationships.