These graphs were produced by Barbara Groover's 5th
grade at Ava Middle School in Fall 2001, as an extension of the Watersheds
Everywhere lesson plan.
to see the graphs.
Social Studies, Geography Grade: 5 (can be adapted for Grades 4-8)
Locations, characteristics of places and relationships among people
and their physical and social environments.
SS-5-5-1: Recognize the geographic themes and how they relate to the
changes in society and the environment.
SS-5-7-1: Use the tools of social studies inquiry.
Watersheds Everywhere takes students
through a variety of paper and online maps to explore the concept
of watershed. It culminates with each student locating their own
residence and identifying their own watershed addresses. Ms. Groover's
students used Douglas County maps to find where they lived, and
then located their particular watershed through the Local
Watersheds map. Working in groups, they used that information
to plot a variety of graphs and charts, showing how many students
in their class lived in each of the local watersheds inside their
Classroom Discussion Question
Why do you think people chose to live where they do?
The answers these students gave were varied, and included availability
of services as well as proximity of family and close relatives.
Students learned their own watershed addresses,
located those watersheds on a map, and discussed the social implications
of living where they do.