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Freshwater monitoring : a case study : an educational field study for Grade 8 and 9 students

Description

This is a curriculum-connected full-day study of the Elbow River with multidisciplinary preparatory and post-activity support. The intent of this program is to provide a hands-on, engaging outdoor component, which will meet the needs of grades 8, Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Systems and grade 9, Unit C: Environmental Chemistry. This program is also written to achieve the mandate of the Alberta Government - Tourism, Parks, and Recreation and also addresses the four program goals of preservation, outdoor recreation, heritage appreciation, and heritage tourism. The preparatory activities are designed to prepare students for an off-site visit to the Elbow River. The preparatory activities focus on introducing students to the watershed monitoring area, related vocabulary, to water testing procedures, and to the expectations of safe and appropriate student behaviour within a protected area. These activities also attempt to further students‟ ability to make predictions, and encourage them to develop a non-biased awareness of the variety of human impacts affecting the watershed. The field study is designed on the belief that “our rivers are an expression of our landscape.” Students are challenged to predict and then discover just what it is that the river is expressing. Students will have the opportunity to monitor the Elbow River from the pristine waters of Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country all the way to the City of Calgary. Traveling by bus, students will stop at key locations and test the water for dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, pH, turbidity, temperature, and biotic features. They will also have an opportunity to observe and discuss complex land uses.

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Grade 8 Grade 9 Kananaskis Country education environmental education water monitoring water quality

Title and publication information

Alternative Title

Freshwater monitoring : a case study [teacher resource]

Extent

72 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Tourism, Parks, and Recreation (1992,2008-2014)

Contributor

Dietrich, Monique

Contributor

Janzen, Jennifer

Contributor

Tyler, Mike

Contributor

Poleschuk, Janice

Contributor

Munn, Bonnie

Contributor

Quinlan, Paul

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2010-09-01

Date Added

2015-11-24T17:13:12.376903

Date Modified

2017-03-01

Date Issued

2010-09-01

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Contact

Contact Name

Environment and Parks