Lesson 3: Laws of Point and Nonpoint Source Pollution
DAY 1: Point vs. Nonpoint Source Pollution
In this unit, we will be studying the local, state, and national laws pertaining to point and nonpoint source pollution. Before we start learning about the laws, we need to learn the differences between point and nonpoint source pollution.
1. Get a point vs. nonpoint source pollution worksheet from HERE (if you forgot to print this paper out prior to class, I will provide you with 1 extra).
2. Go to the computer and go to this website: http://pangea.stanford.edu/~keith/111.pdf.
3. Read the sections titled “Introduction” and “Point versus Nonpoint Source Pollution.”
4. Complete the worksheet with the information from the reading.
5. I will be walking around the classroom if you have any questions.
6. When you are finished with the worksheet, turn the paper in to me!
DAY 2: Make Your Own Law
As previously stated, we will be discussing local, state, and national laws pertaining to point and nonpoint source pollution. Before we start learning about these laws, I want to see what you know! This is your chance to create your own point or nonpoint pollution law.
1. Download and print the Make Your Own Law direction sheet, the Make Your Own Law sheet, and the rubric for this activity HERE.
2. We will then go over the directions as a class and you will be given the opportunity to ask questions.
3. You will then choose your own groups. There should be 4 or 5 people in each group.
4. One person from each group will come to the front of the class and get 1 sheet of easel paper and various colored markers.
5. You will have the remainder of the class period to work on this activity.
6. After you create your law, it is your group’s responsibility to send one group member to me to check your progress and your law. (Just to make sure you are on the right track!)
7. When you are finished, bring up the entire activity to my desk.
8. If you do not finish this activity in class, it is your responsibility to finish it as homework.
9. Each group will present their project on the day of the quiz (before we take the quiz).
DAY 3: Connestoga and Pennsylvania Laws on Point and Nonpoint Source Pollution
After learning about point and nonpoint source pollution, we will discuss some of the local and state laws associated with point and nonpoint source pollution.
1. Download the guided notes HERE. If you forgot to download the guided notes, it is your responsibility to take notes on your own.
2. I will bring the guided notes up on the smart board.
3. We will go over them as a class.
4. If you have any questions during the lecture, please raise your hand and ask!
DAY 4: National Laws on Point and Nonpoint Source Pollution
Now that we have covered local and state laws, let’s focus on national laws.
1. I will divide the class into groups by counting off by 4s.
2. Once you know what group number you are in, each group will congregate in a different part of the room.
3. You will designate one student in your group to come to the front of the classroom and take 1 sheet of easel paper from me and a few markers.
4. A different student will go and get a laptop for the group.
5. You will then go to the following website: http://www.epa.gov/ and research national laws pertaining to point and nonpoint source pollution in the water and air.
6. I will be walking around the classroom if you have any questions.
7. After you complete your research, you will write the following on the easel paper: the laws you found and a brief description of each.
8. In the remaining 20 minutes of class, each group will share what they wrote on their easel paper and why they put it on the paper.
9. At the end of class, designate one person to bring the easel paper up to me, one person to put away the markers, and one person to put away the laptop.
DAY 5: Make Your Own Law Presentations and Quiz
Congratulations! You have made it through yet another lesson! Today we will be presenting the laws we created and we will be taking a quiz.
1. Get with the group members that you created your own law with.
2. If you finished the project in class, I will hand the project back to you. If you finished it at home, please go get the project.
3. Whoever has a birthday closest to this date, their group will present first. Whoever has a birthday second closest to this date, their group will present second, and so on.
4. These presentations should last no more than five minutes per group.
5. After each group has presented, they will hand in their finished project for grading.
6. You will then return to your seats for the quiz.
7. You may ask any questions you have before I hand out the quiz.
8. After questions have been answered, I will hand out the quiz.
9. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz.
10. Once you are done, bring your quiz to the front table and lay it upside down.