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It's Our Water Videos and Stream Activities Are Available Online!

Click below to access the It’s Our Water videos, download the It’s Our Water stream activities (PDF), or watch teacher implementation videos for each activity.  These materials are available to educators for free. If you like what you see with these activities, there's lots more available with the complete IOW curriculum.

Take an It's Our Water Educator Workshop to Receive a Complete Set of Materials!     Live or Online!

It's Our Water works best when you use all the classroom and stream activities to take students on a journey of discovery towards stewardship of their local stream. To receive a complete set of the It’s Our Water materials (curriculum guides, implementation tips, videos, video checklists, classroom activities, stream activities, homework assignments, and quizzes), sign up for and take an IOW Professional Development Workshop. 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 Guide.  The workshop is offered live across the state and is available online any time.  CLICK HERE for more details about workshops. 

HYDROSPHERE REVIEW AND INTRODUCTION TO STREAM

Video 1: Introduction & Hydrosphere Review - 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. 
 
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. 
 
Safety Poster (PDF) - Poster suitable for educators to go over with students and post in the classroom before doing stream activities in the field.
 
Teacher Implementation Video for Getting to Know Your Stream - A short video with tips for educators on how to implement this activity.

WATER RESOURCES AND STREAM MAPPING

Video 2: North Carolina’s Water Resources - 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.  

 
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.
 
Teacher Implementation Video for Mapping Your Stream - A short video with tips for educators on how to implement this activity.

WATER QUALITY MONITORING

Video 3: Water Quality - 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.  
 
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. 
 
Macroinvertebrate Identification Chart (PDF) - 8.5"x14" chart for use in identifying macroinvertebrates in stream.
 
Teacher Implementation Video for Monitoring Water Quality in Your Stream - A short video with tips for educators on how to implement this activity.

IMPACTS ON WATER QUALITY

Video 4:  Impacts & Influences - 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.  
 
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. 
 
Teacher Implementation Video for Investigating Your Stream’s Drainage Basin - A short video with tips for educators on how to implement this activity.

MAKING DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Video 5: Planning Ahead to Prevent Problems - 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.