The aim of this lesson is to make students more aware of Nova Scotia's watershed areas, water conservation and the need to secure our surface water supply for future generations. The activities and the project will allow students to understand what a watershed area is and to investigate one of the many watershed areas that exist in Nova Scotia. They will develop a number of geographic and research skills.

Resources

  • Student Activity Sheet #1:  Project Instructions (attached)
  • Student Activity Sheet #2:  Watersheds of Nova Scotia by Name (attached)
  • Student Activity Checklist (attached)
  • Assessment rubric (attached)
  • Computer lab, LCD and internet access

Websites:

Canadian Atlas Online Watersheds theme
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/atlas/themes.aspx?id=watersheds&sub=watersheds_flow_canadaswatersheds&lang=E

Canadian Atlas Online Watershed Awareness theme
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/atlas/themes.aspx?id=%20watershedawareness&lang=En

Video: 4 Four Seasons of a Watershed Creek. Sechelt, Sunshine Coast BC Canada
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/watersheds/videos

(For Activity #1) Atlas of Canada (Explanation of what is a watershed):
http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/environment/hydrology/watershed/1

Atlas of Canada (Interactive map of various drainage basins of Canada):
http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/environment/hydrology/drainagebasins

Nova Scotia Environmental Network(Background of Watershed Management for Nova Scotia)
http://www.nsen.ca/documents/Background%20on%20Watershed%20Management_Veale.pdf

Clean Nova Scotia Adopt a Watershed Initiative
http://www.clean.ns.ca/files/02/64/20_Things.pdf

Environment Canada (Water conservation)
http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=F25C70EC-1#introduction

Watershed Atlas (How watershed areas are created)
http://www.watershedatlas.org/fs_indexwater.html

Government of Nova Scotia (Watersheds of Nova Scotia)
http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water.strategy/docs/WaterStrategy_NSWatershedMap.pdf

RBC Blue Water Project
http://bluewater.rbc.com/