Teacher Resources

In this section we provide lesson plans, resources, and opportunities for High School teachers in the Kansas River Watershed. Lesson plans, supplemental materials and example pretests are given for each unit on individual web pages, or can be viewed and downloaded from the file cabinet below.

Water Quality curriculum is based on the Citizen Science program developed at K-State. You can also access the Citizen Science Worksheets on our main website by clicking here.

The Friends of the Kaw main website contains many materials that can be used to supplement our curriculum.

We also provide materials for Middle School teachers on our Teens 4 the Kaw website, and for Elementary School teachers on our Kids 4 the Kaw website.


 Background
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Vocabulary
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The Layman's Guide to Kansas' Water Terminology and Acronyms  Jul 23, 2011, 4:53 PM Laura Calwell
 Field sheets
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Field notebook for Stream Habitat Challenge
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This is a geocache challenge that can be done at a stream or lake. See our lessons at http://kansasriversience.org/geocache/geocaching  Jul 23, 2011, 4:34 PM Laura Calwell
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Field notebook for water quality challenge
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This is a one hour long version focused on water quality, with nitrogen testing included.  Jul 23, 2011, 4:51 PM Laura Calwell
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Field Sheet-1
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Link to Google Doc Spreadsheet for field sheet for the Odor, Color and Foam lesson.  Apr 16, 2010, 9:48 AM Kansas Riverkeeper
ĉ WaterTestingFieldNotes.docx
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Water testing instructions and field sheets. Print out on 4x6 cards. Includes nutrients, pH, turbidity, and color-odor-foam lesson.  126k v. 2 Sep 15, 2010, 4:18 PM Dr. Cynthia Annett
ĉ WaterTestingFieldNotes-RunoffExperiments.docx
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This notebook includes sections for the "algae in the bottle" and lawn runoff experiments featured in our "What's in the Water?" section.  164k v. 2 Jul 23, 2011, 4:53 PM Laura Calwell
 Fun Stuff
ĉ caonesticker.doc
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Stickers that can be printed out on round labels (Avery 8293 or 3M 4200-M).  150k v. 3 Jul 23, 2011, 4:42 PM Laura Calwell
ĉ cloudstickers.doc
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Stickers that can be printed out on round labels (Avery 8293 or 3M 4200-M).  331k v. 3 Jul 23, 2011, 4:42 PM Laura Calwell
ĉ eaglestickers.doc
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These stickers can be used to reward students during lessons-- print them out on Avery 8293 or 3M 4200-M.   756k v. 3 Jul 23, 2011, 4:41 PM Laura Calwell
Ċ JOCO_ColoringSheet-1.pdf
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Our stormwater runoff logo set up as a coloring sheet for younger students.  588k v. 2 Jul 23, 2011, 4:47 PM Laura Calwell
ĉ raindropsticker.doc
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Stickers that can be printed out on round labels (Avery 8293 or 3M 4200-M).  469k v. 3 Jul 23, 2011, 4:42 PM Laura Calwell
ĉ roundstickertemplate.doc
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Template for creating round stickers using 3M 4200-M or Avery 8293 labels (or equivalent 1.5 inch diameter, 20 per sheet).  33k v. 2 Jul 23, 2011, 4:44 PM Laura Calwell
ĉ sunflowerstickers.doc
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Stickers that can be printed out on round labels (Avery 8293 or 3M 4200-M).  905k v. 3 Jul 23, 2011, 4:42 PM Laura Calwell
 Grants and Awards
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Do Something Awards
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Grants, awards and resources for activism by High School students.  Apr 10, 2010, 6:09 AM Dr. Cynthia Annett
 Maps
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De Soto High School watershed map
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Google Map of Kill Creek and Cedar Creek, with locations of land use activities affecting water quality.  Apr 22, 2010, 6:49 PM Friends of the Kaw
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Watersheds of the Greater Kansas City Metro
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Interactive map and watershed fact sheets from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)  Apr 22, 2010, 7:17 AM Kansas Riverkeeper
 Slides for presentations
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Water Quality Slideshow
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The slides are in Google Docs Presentations and can be used by teachers and educators to give an overview of water quality issues in the Kansas River Watershed  Apr 16, 2010, 9:02 AM Kansas Riverkeeper
 Tests
ĉ BacteriaPretest.docx
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  12k v. 2 Apr 22, 2010, 1:36 PM Kansas Riverkeeper
ĉ NutrientPretest.docx
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  12k v. 2 Apr 22, 2010, 1:36 PM Kansas Riverkeeper
ĉ PhosphorusPretest.docx
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  13k v. 2 Apr 22, 2010, 1:36 PM Kansas Riverkeeper
ĉ SafetyPretest.docx
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  16k v. 2 Apr 22, 2010, 1:36 PM Kansas Riverkeeper
 Tools
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Carbon Footprint Calculator
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The Nature Conservancy provides a simple set of questions that are used for their online carbon footprint calculator (it gives you your score relative to US and World average)  Jul 23, 2011, 4:31 PM Laura Calwell
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Molecules in Motion
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Visualization of the relationship between temperature, size, density and pressure.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:48 AM Laura Calwell
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Visualization of molecules
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This is a tool for visualizing the structure of common greenhouse gas molecules.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:44 AM Laura Calwell
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Water Footprint Calculator
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Online questions that are used to calculate your "water footprint" as a tool for making students aware of their water usage.  Jul 23, 2011, 4:31 PM Laura Calwell
 Water testing equipment and supplies
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Hach Company website
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This company makes commonly used instruments and test kits for water quality analysis.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:38 AM Laura Calwell
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LaMotte Company website
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This company makes commonly used instruments and test kits for water quality analysis.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:38 AM Laura Calwell
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Vernier instruments
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Company website features commonly used High School and College chemistry sensors, including instruction books and lesson plans.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:38 AM Laura Calwell
 Weather and Climate
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EPA Climate Change for Kids
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Resources for exploring the impact of climate change on the environment.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:30 AM Laura Calwell
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NASA Climate Change for kids
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Resources for exploring the impact of climate change on the environment.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:30 AM Laura Calwell
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NASA visualization library
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Animations that can be downloaded to show changing temperature regimes.  Aug 13, 2011, 7:32 AM Laura Calwell