Welcome to Your Watershed Lesson Starters

Examine what makes local Maryland watersheds important with elementary students. Explore factors that affect the movement of water, from the process of how water cycles throughout our planet to what makes the Chesapeake Bay a watershed. Use the classroom-ready lesson starters to introduce students to a new science topic and get them ready to learn.

Select a topic below to find video clips, essential and guiding questions, learning extensions, and other student supports to use in your classroom.

The Water Cycle
Grades 3-5

How does the water from rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans end up in the sky to form as rain?

> Go to The Water Cycle

What is causing the water to move up into the atmosphere or down from the clouds and to the Earth’s surface?

> Go to Factors that Affect The Movement of Water

What does the term watershed mean? And why is a watershed important to us?

> Go to What is a Watershed?

What are some ways in which we can protect and preserve our watersheds from greater harm?

> Go to Protecting and Preserving Our Watersheds

This learning resource is a production of Maryland Public Television/Thinkport, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Funding support is provided by a grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.