Up on the Watershed

Theme:Water Attitudes
Location:Baseball Diamond Field
Map #:27
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The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate that a watershed is a system of lakes and rivers and how this system is affected during high water, such as in spring when the snow melts … spring flooding.  Students investigate the importance of water management by using funnel models and explore the effects of dams and wetlands.

Key Messages

  • Understanding of what a watershed is
  • Understanding that a watershed is a system of rivers and lakes draining into one main river
  • Surface water, found in rivers, lakes and streams, is the only part of the hydrologic cycle that humans can attempt to control

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 4 (Habitats and Communities)
    • analyze the positive and negative impacts of human interactions with natural habitats and communities, taking different perspectives into account and evaluate ways of minimizing the negative impacts
    • identify reasons for the depletion or extinction of a plant or animal species (e.g. changes in or destruction of its habitat), evaluate the impacts on the rest of the natural community, and propose possible actions for preventing such depletions or extinctions from happeing
    • describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats
  • Understanding Earth and Space Systems, Grade 5 (Conservation of Energy and Resources)
    • evaluate the effects of various technologies on energy consumption, and propose ways in which individuals can improve energy conservation
    • identify renewable and non-renewable sources of energy
Social Studies
  • People and Environments, Grade 4 (Political and Physical Regions of Canada)
    • analyze some of the general ways in which the natural environment of regions in Canada has affected the development of industry
    • asses aspects of the environmental impact of different industries in two or more physical and/or political regions of Canada (e.g. hydro-electric development in Quebec)
    • describe some key actions taken by both industries and citizens to address the need for more sustainable use of land and resources
    • identify some of the main human activities, including industrial development and recreational activities, in various physical regions of Canada
  • People and Environments, Grade 5 (The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship)
    • assess the effectiveness of actions taken by one or more levels of government to address an issue of national, provincial/territorial, and/or local significance (e.g. the effectiveness of policies related to the management of the Great Lakes)
    • create a plan of action to address an governmental issue of local, provincial/territorial, and/or national significance, specifying the actions to be taken by the appropriate level (or levels) of government as well as by citizens, including themselves
    • describe key actions taken by different levels of government to solve some significant national, provincial/territorial, and/or local issues
  • People and Environments, Grade 6 (Canada's Interactions with the Global Communities)
    • explain why some environmental issues are of international importance and require the participation of other regions of the world, along with that of Canada, if they are to be effectively addressed
    • analyze responses of Canadian governments, non-governmental organization (NGO's), and individual citizens to an economic, environmental, political, and/or social issue of international significance
    • identify some of the major ways in which the Canadian government interacts with other nations of the world


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