Teachers

If schools are interested in participating they MUST REGISTER THEIR SCHOOL –
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Teacher Training

Training sessions provide teachers with a better understanding of the contest and the local watershed issues. The Program Coordinator is available for an in-person or group training. Call for a meeting today!

FREE – Classroom Presentations and Community Mentor
Teachers may request a classroom presentation to introduce the topic of watersheds, discuss local environmental concerns and explain the contest. If a watershed ambassador is available, a 60 minute presentation will be provided plus mentorship throughout the contest. Free watershed resources are also available. Contact your local Program Coordinator.

Teacher Time Commitment

  • This contest can be an after school activity or in-class project
    Student’s success directly relates to teachers assigning the contest and assisting students with their work. Giving students sufficient time to complete the contest assignment is more effective in producing quality projects.
  • Attend teacher training (optional)
  • Discuss and assign the contest
    • 30 minutes
  • Assist students with ideas
    • time commitment will vary depending on level of interest of students and teacher
  • Remind students about contest entry deadline
    • initially every other week – 10 minutes times six weeks
    • every week one month prior to deadline – 10 minutes times four weeks
  • Students may want to give a classroom presentation (optional)
    • 5 minute time limit per presentation
  • If your student is selected as a finalist, help prepare them for their verbal presentation
    • up to 2 hours
  • If your student is selected as a finalist, attend verbal competition and awards presentation
    • 4 hours

Lesson Plans

Wetland education plans for teachers and students provided by Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Curriculum Connections

Below are some of the strongest links CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS has to curriculum.

You may also download a PDF that details how CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS meets objectives in Alberta’s curriculum. Click here

Grades 7-9

Subject Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9
Science Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems (Social and Environmental Emphasis)

Unit B: Plants for Food and Fibre (Science and Technology Emphasis)

Unite E: Fresh water and salt water ecosystems Unit A: Bio Diversity

Unit C: Environmental Chemistry

Social Topic A: Geography of Canada and the United States Topic C: Canada responding to Change
Language Arts Caring for our Watersheds is a proposal writing contest; therefore, teachers can assign and grade the written component for Language Arts curriculum standards.

 

Grades 10-12

Subject Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Science Science 10 Unit D: Energy Flow in global systems

Science 14: Investigating matter and energy in the environment

Science 20 Unit D: Changes in Living systems

Bio 20 Unit A: Energy and Matter exchange in the Biosphere

Unit B: Ecosystems and Population Change

Science 30 Unit D: Energy and the Environment
Topic C: Canada responding to Change Topic A: Challenges for Canada Topic B: Interdependence in the Global Environment Topic A: Political and Economic Systems
Language Arts Caring for our Watersheds is a proposal writing contest; therefore, teachers can assign and grade the written component for Language Arts curriculum standards.