Freshwater Stewardship Corps

World Water Day 2021

A day dedicated to celebrate, and raise awareness to protect our greatest resource: freshwater.

Water Story Challenge 2021

CFRE Freshwater Stewardship Corps in celebrated World Water Day (WWD) with a Social Media Video Campaign! Students, staff, and partnering organizations created short videos focusing on the WWD theme, Valuing Water. 

View the Videos: @lssu_cfre

Learn more about WWD! worldwaterday.org

Student in the River

World Water Day Interactive Bulletin Boards

Designed by LSSU students for EDUC 423: Art Methods for Elementary Teachers

A note from Sherry Hutchins, Adjunct Professor, Teacher Education LSSU

Students in Teacher Education at LSSU learn to create bulletin boards in their EDUC423 Arts for Elementary Teachers class. The students design a bulletin board, and put it on display on the first floor of the Shouldice Library on campus. 

Due to COVID-19 logistics, many students are taking this class remotely, limiting the creation of the bulletin boards. However, to gain this valuable experience, and celebrate World Water Day 2021 with CFRE, students created interactive bulletin boards (below). I think you will see that the students did a great job. 

Please use these bulletin boards for your hallway or classroom when you teach lessons about our precious natural resource: Water! Complete this brief survey should you utilize any of the bulletin board materials to help us improve on future offerings. 

Special thanks to EDUC 423 students: Alexis, Ashlyn, Austin, Bethany, Britney, Halle, Ilsa, Jenny, Jenny, Kaitlyn, Katie, Kiara, Kirby, Kody, Lauren, Lauren, Rachel, Rayanne, Sabrina, Shelby, Tyla

Bulletin Board PDFs Below:

Clean the Great Lakes

Don’t be a Litterbug!

How Will You Save the Water?

The Water Cycle

What Do We Have to Lose?

World Water Day Lesson Plans

Designed by LSSU students for EDUC 421: Science Methods

A note from Sherry Hutchins, Adjunct Professor, Teacher Education LSSU

Students in Teacher Education at Lake Superior State University learn to create lesson plans in their EDUC421 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers class. The lesson plans are standards based and created for a variety of elementary grade levels on science topics. The use of engineering and technology within the lesson for direct hands-on application by the students is highly encouraged. 

Due to COVID-19 logistics, many of the EDUC421 students are coming to class remotely this semester, making lesson creation and teaching more challenging for the students. To still gain this valuable experience, I challenged them to create interactive, hands-on lessons that could be used in the celebration of World Water Day 2021. 

The lesson plans that you see here were created by the students. With each lesson you will find the Michigan NGSS Science Standards and Grade level focus areas, as well as overall expectations for the Canadian standards. 

Please use these lessons in your classroom when you teach lessons about our precious natural resource: Water! The files are editable, so you can make changes where you see fit. 

Please complete this brief survey should you utilize any of the lesson plan materials to help us improve on future offerings.

Special thanks for EDUC 421 Students: Ilsa, Jenny, Katie, Kiara, Lauren, Leanne, Shelby, Vivian

Oil Spills

There are two lesson plans associated with this title. One is designed for younger (K-2) students, and one for older (3-5) students. Both lessons are designed under the premise of students learning about habitats and environments and the impact that an oil spill might have on the plants and animals within a given habitat. The lessons are based upon the book Oil Spills by Melvin Berger. After learning about oil spills and impacts that might, and do, occur, students are challenged to find a way to clean up an oil spill. 

Lesson Overview and Standards

Lesson Materials:

Book Reading Video

Teacher Resources

PowerPoint

Lesson Plan

Recycled Museum

The students and teacher will engage in a conversation about pollution and recycling as a solution. They will discuss whether or not recycling can help reduce water pollution in the Great Lakes. Students will then choose a plant or animal that lives in the Great Lakes to research. They will fill in a worksheet with information about their plant/animal and an opinion paragraph about the merits of recycling programs. After they have completed their research, they will create a 3-D model of the plant/animal using mostly recycled materials and write a condensed version of their research on a place card. These models can be displayed in the hallway or in the classroom as a recycled museum for other classes to enjoy. 

Lesson Overview and Standards

Lesson Materials: View the Lesson Plan

View a Video on this lesson here.

Email with a picture of your artwork to be featured on CFRE social media!

Water Filtration Experiment

In this experiment, students will be learning about water quality and how living things on Earth depend on good quality water. Students will endeavor to create a water filter that could be used to filter water and increase water quality for water from different sources.

Lesson Overview and Standards

Lesson Materials: View the Lesson Plan

See Slide 10 for videos on this lesson.

Are You a Water Sustainer?

Water is our world’s most important natural resource. We cannot live without it, and yet we also take for granted it will always be there and usable. In this water lesson, students will learn about sustainability and water conservation. Students will have an opportunity to learn about how much water they use daily and brainstorm ideas on how they can cut back on water use, therefore helping to sustain this most important natural resource.

Lesson Overview and Standards

Lesson Materials: View the Lesson Plan

Virtual Events

Recordings for the following Webinars

  • Student Presentation

Primary focus: middle school grades

Please complete this brief survey after viewing the Student Presentation to help us improve on future offerings.

Catch of the Day? Ontario’s Water Resources!

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  •  Evening Presentation

Invading our Border: Aquatic Invasive Species in the St. Marys River

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Please complete this brief survey after viewing the Evening Presentation to help us improve on future offerings.

 

 

St. Marys River Rapids

Learn more about our World Water Day partners below!

Water Wise: freshwaterwise.com

Instagram: @freshwaterwise

Blue Mar 4 Change

Instagram: @bluemar4change

Water Wise
BlueMar4Change
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The Freshwater Stewardship Corps (FSC) is the student-community outreach arm of the Center for Freshwater Research and Education. FSC focuses on planning community awareness and outreach events that support Great Lakes health and freshwater science. We aim to inspire our community to sustain our Great Lakes.
Students and community members of all ages are welcome to join the group and participate in activities.
We meet bi-weekly Mondays at 6pm at the current home for the Center for Freshwater Research and Education, Hillside Hall, Lake Superior State University 650 W Easterday Ave. Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783
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