Environmental Stewardship Lesson Plan

Title:   Kansas Riverkeeper Sandbar Presentation

Overview: Discuss what the Kansas River means to students everyday life

Suggested Grades: 4th grade
Objective:  Inform the students of the need to take care of the Kansas River
Materials:  Friends of the Kaw  display board (if weather permits)

Methods: Direct Instruction

Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper
An explanation can be found on the Riverkeeper webpage
  • What is a river keeper?
  • Why is there a need for a river keeper?

What does it mean to take care of the Kansas (Kaw) River?  The emphases will be on the following:
  • When you turn on water to wash your hands at home or school where do you think that water comes from?
  • Focus on who gets water from the Kaw and other sources for Lawrence and water treatment plant.
  • When you flush the toilet at home or school where do you think the water goes?
  • Focus on wastewater treatment plant and return of clean water to Kaw.
  • We know that the Kaw is important to us because we get and return water to the river, who else needs water from the river?
  • Focus on how plants and animals need the Kaw.
  • Focus on not littering and what happens to litter when it rains.
  • What can YOU do to help the Kaw?

Evaluation: Pre and Post test and drawing exercise
Resources: Friends of the Kaw display board can be downloaded as a graphics file (tif format) from the attachment section at the bottom of this page (its a big file, 5.8 MB); Kids 4 the Kaw What You Can Do page which can be projected without downloading

The Kansas (Kaw) River is important to our every day life. Many homes, schools and businesses use river water that is purified by their city water treatment plant. You drink, cook and wash with this water.  Also, waste water from toilets, garbage disposals and washing machines is treated by the city and returned to the Kaw.  "Every one lives down stream" describes how important clean water is to our society and the plants and animals that depend on the river habitat.

Dr. Cynthia Annett,
Nov 9, 2009, 12:32 PM