Curriculum

Elementary Schools

 

My Favorite River Critter
Grades: 1-3
The main goal of the "My Favorite River Critter" activity is to get students to recognize that there are animals in the river that depend on clean water. The program can be completed indoors or outside on the school grounds and will take approximately 45-minutes to complete.
Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to recognize animals that live in the river. Students will be able to match a predator to its prey. Students will be able to describe what a river critter needs to survive. 
This activity is best suited for classrooms that are located near a creek or river. Can be adapted for lakes.
Points: 10
Tracks: Rivers, Life Cycles, Adaptations


Milwaukee Community Map
Grades: 5-12
Contact: Michael Timm, Milwaukee Water Stories Program Manager
The Milwaukee Community Map is a free interactive map using Google Earth to share, explore, and create Milwaukee’s community water stories. The map hosts Water Stories, featuring local groups making a difference in our city’s collective water story; Basemaps, featuring geographic areas like watersheds, the sewer service area, and historic waterways; and Deeper Dives, featuring animated thematic tours. Check back soon for suggested curricular and topical themes that intersect with the Milwaukee Community Map!
Points: 10
Tracks: Rivers, Watersheds, Stormwater & Green Infrastructure


Ravine Education Program
Grades: 4-8
Through guided observation and exploration, these lesson plans and classroom activities will enable your 4th-8th grade students to understand ravine and lakefront ecosystems prior to development, the plants and animals that historically used them as refuge, and the species that still depend on the lakefront today--including people!
Points: 10/activity reported
Tracks: Lakes, Watersheds, Stormwater & Green Infrastructure, Water Cycle & Quality, Ravine Ecosystems


STEMhero -- Personal Water & Energy Data Inquiry
Grades:
5-9
Contact:
Nathan Conroy
STEMhero is an award winning curriculum enhancement and professional development. It is aligned with NGSS and CCSS -- born in Milwaukee and now serving teachers around the country.
Cost:
Sponsored locally by MKE Plays (limited sponsored licenses available)
Points:
50
Tracks:
Data Analysis, Resource Conservation


Water Crisis Lesson Plans
Grades:
K-12
This teacher's guide can be used as a whole or easily as individual lesson plans across a variety of core subjects. You'll find interactive activities, worksheets, research ideas and resource lists for you and your students. Together you'll discover the water crisis and, most importantly, some of the solutions to solve it for people in need.
Points:
10/lesson reported
Tracks:
Water Cycle & Quality


Water in Your School
Grades:
K-5
This guide is designed to help you introduce the concept of water conservation. Students can do activities to identify what watersheds are, what pollutants affect watersheds, where they use water each day, and how they can reduce their water use.
Points: 10
Tracks: Watersheds