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The following outline contains the complete list of materials available with It’s Our Water.  

If you take an IOW Professional Development Workshop, you receive all of these materials. The videos are delivered on a DVD.  The Activities and Module Overviews are delivered as PDFs on a CD.  You also receive two books, the Project WET Curriculum and Activities Guide, which contains 91 water-related activities, and the Healthy Water, Healthy People Field Monitoring GuideAnyone can take the online workshop, but only North Carolina residents will receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activities Guide. If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can find out how to get the Project WET guide from your state's Project WET coordinator by going to the Project WET Website.

The videos and stream activities are available to all educators for free online.

IT’S OUR WATER

Overview (PDF) - Summary of modules and concepts covered in It’s Our Water and implementation tips for the curriculum as a whole. Includes a Materials List and a Resources List.

MODULE 1 – Introduction & Hydrosphere Review

Overview (PDF) - Summary of concepts covered in Module 1, implementation tips, homework assignments and step-by-step instructions on how to use videos, do activities, and guide classroom discussion.
 
Video (DVD) - Students are introduced to some basic issues of water quality and being to think about why water is important. The video also introduces three teams of student who will be investigating water quality issues through all five videos.  The student teams review the hydrologic cycle and begin their water quality investigations. (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Video Summary & Checklist (PDF) - With questions for students to answer as they view the video.
 
Classroom Activity: Common Water from Project WET (PDF) - Using sponges of different sizes to represent different water users over time, students see how the water needs of communities change and grow depending on the size, make-up and needs of the population. NC Specific Component - Students analyze their local water supply plan.
 
Classroom Activity: Branching Out from Project WET (PDF) - Students make simple landscape models and sprinkle them with water to locate the boundaries of watersheds and seem branching patterns in streams.  NC Specific Component - Students study at NC river drainage patterns.
 
Classroom Activity: Understanding Topographic Maps (PDF) - Students gain a better understanding of what topographic maps represent by using clear plastic salad containers to make 3-D models of topographic maps. Students also locate their study stream on a topographic map.
 
Classroom Activity: Get the Ground Water Picture from Project WET (PDF) - Students use data to draw well logs to get a picture of the subsurface geology and water movement. NC Specific Component - Students compare well log data from 4 NC well sites to get a better picture of NC’s coastal aquifers.
 
Safety Poster (PDF) - Poster suitable for teachers to go over with students and post in the classroom before doing stream activities in the field. (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Stream Activity: Getting to Know Your Stream (PDF) - Students make their first site visit to the study stream, recording observations, making sketches, and taking measurements. (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Quiz (PDF) - A 10-question quiz on key concepts from Module 1.

MODULE 2 – North Carolina’s Water Resources and Stream Mapping

Overview (PDF) - Summary of concepts covered in Module 2, implementation tips, homework assignments and step-by-step instructions on how to use videos, do activities, and guide classroom discussion.
 
Video (DVD) - The video gives a visual overview of the river basins, reservoirs, wetlands and aquifers in North Carolina. The student teams test their knowledge of NC’s river basins, learn about stream flow, and talk to people about how they use their rivers.  (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Video Summary & Checklist (PDF) - With questions for students to answer as they view the video.
 
Classroom Activity: North Carolina’s Water Resources (PDF) - Students become familiar with North Carolina’s surface and ground water resources using maps and demonstrations.
 
Stream Activity: Mapping Your Stream (PDF) - Students visit the study stream to taking measurements for a stream profile and stream velocity, then work in class to draft a cross-sectional profile from their measurements and calculate the velocity of the current and the discharge of the stream. (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Quiz (PDF) - A 10-question quiz on key concepts from Module 2.

MODULE 3 – Water Quality

Overview (PDF) - Summary of concepts covered in Module 3, implementation tips, homework assignments and step-by-step instructions on how to use videos, do activities, and guide classroom discussion.
 
Video (DVD) - The video gives a brief history of water quality issues in North Carolina. The student teams continue their investigations by testing the water quality in their rivers using physical, biological and chemical tests. They also visit a water treatment plant, a wastewater facility and look at a storm water system.  (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Video Summary & Checklist (PDF) - With questions for students to answer as they view the video.
 
Classroom Demonstration: Grab a Gram from Healthy Water, Healthy People (PDF) - Teacher provides visual examples that help students understand the units of parts per million and parts per billion.
 
Classroom Activity: A Snapshot in Time from Healthy Water, Healthy People (PDF) - Illustrates the importance of monitoring regularly over a long period of time with students analyzing data from a fictional case study.
 
Stream Activity: Monitoring Water Quality in Your Stream (PDF) - Students begin to monitor water quality in their study stream using a variety of techniques: physical, biological and chemical. (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Macroinvertebrate Identification Chart (PDF) - 8.5"x14" chart for use in identifying macroinvertebrates in stream.  (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Quiz - A 10-question quiz on key concepts from Module 3.

MODULE 4 – Impacts & Influences

Overview (PDF) - Summary of concepts covered in Module 4, implementation tips, homework assignments and step-by-step instructions on how to use videos, do activities, and guide classroom discussion.
 
Video (DVD) - The video shows how human activity has an impact on water quality and quantity and talks about point and nonpoint source pollution. The student teams continue their investigations by looking for the sources of water quality problems. They also visit a a housing development, a hog farm and an industry to see what they are doing to minimize their impact on water quality in our rivers.  (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Video Summary & Checklist (PDF) - With questions for students to answer as they view the video.
 
Classroom Activity: There Is No Point to This Pollution from Healthy Water, Healthy People (PDF) - Students solve the mystery of where pollution is coming from by water quality data for the fictional Loop Lake.
 
Stream Activity: Investigating Your Stream’s Drainage Basin (PDF) - Using maps and field study, students determine the land-uses in the drainage basin of their stream, calculate the percentage of impervious surface, and choose monitoring locations in the stream. (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Quiz (PDF)- A 10-question quiz on key concepts from Module 4.

MODULE 5 – Planning Ahead to Prevent Problems

Overview (PDF) - Summary of concepts covered in Module 5, implementation tips, homework assignments and step-by-step instructions on how to use videos, do activities, and guide classroom discussion.
 
Video (DVD) - The final video focuses on solutions. It looks at how land use affects wildlife and at the various means we can use to protect the water quality. The student teams conclude their investigations and make their recommendations.  (AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 
Video Summary & Checklist (PDF) - With questions for students to answer as they view the video.
 
Classroom Activity: State Regulations and Your Stream (PDF) - Students become familiar with the basics of water quality regulations and investigate whether the regulations are being followed in their stream.
 
Stream Activity: Continuing to Monitor Water Quality in Your Stream (PDF) - Students monitor water quality over time over a 5 week period.
 
Classroom Activity: Class-Wide Consensus on Recommendations for Stream (PDF) - The class will come to a consensus on the recommendations for improving water quality in their stream.
 
Final Report (PDF) - Student groups use all information gathered to create a report and presentation that outlines the status of their stream and makes recommendations for protecting and improving the water quality in their stream.