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Lake Phalen Stewards Project - A Watershed Awareness Project


During the 1997/98 school year, a sixth grade class at Farnsworth Elementary in St. Paul got involved in a distance learning project called the Jason Project, a project designed to have students experience real science and to interact with other students, teachers and scientific experts also doing real science. One of the components of the project was to have students do a study of a local body of water. Since they were so close to Lake Phalen, they chose Lake Phalen. Their project was called the “Lake Phalen Stewards Project - A Watershed Awareness Project”.

Contributing Organizations (PDF: 57 KB / 1 page)

History of Phalen Stewards Project (PDF: 468 KB / 3 pages)

Information Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Water in the World (PDF: 201 KB / 9 pages) - In this lesson students learn facts about water such as amount, availability, uses and human consumption. Statistics are demonstrated by graphic representations and math calculations.
  • Lesson 2: Water Cycle (PDF: 122 KB / 5 pages) - Students play a game where they travel through the water cycle. They write about the water cycle and the toast water concludes the lesson.
  • Lesson 3: Know Your Watershed (PDF: 100 KB / 5 pages) - A model of a watershed shows students how water drains. Students then study local maps of their watershed and learn the patterns and history of the area.
  • Lesson 4: Water Quality Monitoring (PDF: 196 KB / 12 pages) - Students research and report on organisms that live in water, then play a game that shows the relationship between biodiversity and water quality. Scientific tests are then done in a field study to evaluate local water quality.
  • Lesson 5: Neighborhood Reconnaissance (PDF: 178 KB / 12 pages) - Pollutants and their sources are studied. Then students go into the neighborhood to record and clean up the pollutants found. Students write about the experience and plan service projects.

Service Learning Lessons

  • Lesson 6: Writing About Water (PDF: 158 KB / 7 pages) - Students write about water and watershed protection for a variety of audiences and purposes. Examples are fiction stories for kindergartners, water related poetry, and informational brochures for the public.
  • Lesson 7: Water Theater (PDF: 133 KB / 6 pages) - Students create and perform a play to teach others about watershed protection.
  • Lesson 8: Billboard Contest (PDF: 112 KB / 4 pages) - Students design posters to educate the neighborhood about protecting the watershed they live in.
  • Lesson 9: Family Education (PDF: 1.90 MB / 15 pages) - Students complete a survey with their families designed to get them talking about watershed protection.
  • Lesson 10: Teaching Younger Students (PDF: 104 KB / 4 pages) - Students share their knowledge about watershed protection through stories and a reconnaissance adapted for younger students.
  • Lesson 11: Watershed Fair (PDF: 112 KB / 4 pages) - Students plan an event to share highlights of their learning. Information is included on how to reserve and use the WaterShed exhibit that is produced by Watershed Partners.
  • Lesson 12: Other Service Learning Projects (PDF: 73 KB / 2 pages) - Information is provided about cleanups, storm drain stenciling, habitat restoration, and soil testing.

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