This Powerpoint is one small part of an educational unit about Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality for students in grades 5-8 which can be downloaded at
Teaching Duration = 6+ weeks
The Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit covers science topics associated with Watersheds, Rivers in the United States, Sections of a River, Parts of a River, Water Quality, Chemical Properties of Rivers, Bio-Indicators of Water Quality, Flooding, Wetlands, Flood Prevention, Levees, Dams and Ecosystem, Hydroelectric Power, Salmon, Fish, Layering in a Lake, Nutrient Pollution. This unit includes an interactive and engaging Powerpoint Presentation of 1250+ slides with built in class notes (Red Slides), lab activities, project ideas, discussion questions, assessments (Quiz Wiz), challenge questions with answers, videos, and much more. Text is in large print (32 font) and is placed at the top of each slide so it can seen and read from all angles of a classroom. The entire unit except for the videos can edited to fit any curriculum or time requirement. Also included is a 10 page assessment that chronologically goes with the slideshow for nightly homework, as well as a 7 page modified assessment. 13 pages of class notes with images are also included for students who require modifications, as well as answer keys to both of the assessments for support professionals, teachers, and homeschool parents. 10 video shorts (FLV files) are provided and a slide within the slideshow cues teacher / parent when the videos are most relevant to play. Video shorts usually range from 2-7 minutes and are included in organized folders. One Powerpoint review game is included (125+ slides). Answers to the Powerpoint review game are provided in Powerpoint form so students can self-assess. Lastly, several class games such as guess the hidden picture beneath the boxes, and the find the hidden owl somewhere within the slideshow are provided. Difficulty rating 6/10.
Areas of Focus within The Rivers and Water Quality Unit: Watersheds, Rivers of the United States, Sections of a River, Parts of River (Vocabulary), Stream Order, Erosion and Deposition, Water Quality, Chemical Properties of Water, Bio-Indicators of Water Quality (EPT richness), Physical Properties of Water Quality, Rivers and Flooding, Factors that Control Flooding, Types of Flooding,Tsunami’s, Wetlands, Flood Prevention, Levees, Dams and Ecosystem, Importance of Dams, Impacts of Dams,Hydropower, Parts of Dam, Salmon (Life Cycle), Systems of Help Salmon, Fish (General), Layering in a Lake, Lake Turnover, Nutrients and Lakes.
Part I Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit
Part II Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit
Flooding and Prevention
Salmon and Fish
Powerpoint Review Game for the Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit
First Day of School Powerpoint and Guidebook
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