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Positive Planning Adds Up


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Positive Planning Adds Up

In this drawing/mapping activity, learners design plots of land while incorporating positive strategies for improving water quality. Then, learners together examine how their plans would affect a fictitious watershed that flows through all the plots. Learners consider the impact of different kinds of pollution, possibly including industrial discharge, pesticide runoff, waste from a dairy farm, etc. The activity includes discussion questions that connect watershed stewardship and land use planning with learners' own experiences.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Community maps
  • Butcher Block Paper

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Public Policy
    • The Scientific Process
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National 4-H Council, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • TOYOTA

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