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Participating Schools: Sonoma Mtn. and Carpe Diem High School
Teacher: Jessica Dennen
Participating Classes: 10-12

Overview: "Why is California water considered liquid gold?" Students investigate water as a natural resource, its history and science in a state and local context.  As watershed “experts,” they will work in teams to produce a PSA on a water related issue of their choice using iMovie.


Curriculum Highlights

Key Learning Objectives: Students will engage in curriculum that explores the science and history of water in the golden state and will investigate how human activity has impacted and shaped this important resource and its infrastructure.

Standards Addressed:

NGSS Earth Science Standards
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes
Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land. (MS-ESS2-4)


Fieldwork Activities:

Students will take a field trip to the Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility and go on two walking visits to the closest creek/Petaluma River to collect water quality data with "HydroColor," a water quality app.Students will experience a variety of hands-on activities to deepen their understanding of the concepts involved in the essential question. 

READ MORE about the Fieldwork Activities in this project.

Student Work

Students presented their slideshow and video at the 2019 Watershed Classroom Student Showcase.

This anti-pollution PSA was made by students in Jessica Dennen's class at Sonoma Mountain High School.

It was presented at the 2016 Watershed Classroom Student Showcase.