Comparing Global Climate & Local Streams
Amy Crispin, Sunny Brae Middle School Jessie Hobba, Sunny Brae Middle School Dave Haller, Freshwater School Tyler Vack, Trinidad School
This 6th-8th grade curriculum looks at the watershed – climate connection by comparing global climate & local streams.
- Analyze historical weather data and look for trends and patterns
- Understand and process of stream monitoring and variables that determine stream health
- Compare variables between dammed and undammed rivers
- Compare smaller local watersheds to assess streamflow versus precipitation and in relation to stream temperature.
- Collect data from three local watersheds, Mill Creek, Beith Creek, and Mill Creek and analyze and compare data.
- Make predictions
- Analyze and interpret data
- The specific practices in mathematics, science, and English language arts: M2, M3, M4, M8, S4, S5, S7, E4, E5, E6, E7
Lesson 1 – Graphing in the coordinate plane.
Lesson 2 – Analyzing streamflow data
Lesson 3 – Using Dreamflows.com and Wunderground.com, students will compare streamflow and precipitation data to look for patterns and evidence of climate change.
Lesson 4 – Surveying a watershed
Lesson 5 – Precipitation and predictions of streamflow
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