Understanding the Urban Watershed

The Fairmount Water Works designed a place-based, hands-on, minds-in Curriculum for students to engage with their local watershed and water system, in order to grow their understanding of issues and take action for a more equitable and sustainable future they want for themselves.

The Curriculum website was designed to be a shared community for feedback, new resources, examples of student work, instructional successes and challenges.

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4th/5th grade and High School Units are being piloted in 2021-22. Find the feedback form we created after each Learning Experience to share your feedback

Middle School is being implemented in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and GreenFutures. Let us know if you want to join our growing cohort.

For more information or questions, email Ellen.Schultz@phila.gov

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Understanding the Urban Watershed

A Fourth & Fifth Grade Curriculum

Water connects us all. This website is an expedition into the Fairmount Water Works’ Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum, which offers an integrated approach to learning using Philadelphia’s water story as the context.

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The Curriculum Project

The  Learning Experiences in the UNITS presented here provide a complement of engaging lessons and activities, materials, rubrics and resources designed for the elementary school student. With a quick log in option, it also offers formal and informal educators online access to join our Discussion Forum, an online forum for sharing ideas, successes and challenges.

These Units grew out of the Middel School Curriculum, an integrated urban watershed curriculum for grades 6–8, aligned with core standards. This pilot phase for the 4th and 5th grade Units is supported by GreenFutures/School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Water Department.

Curriculum Units

The curriculum is made up of 6 units. Each unit is made up of individual Learning Experiences.

Unit 1

4th grade Unit

Go with the Flow

Unit 2

5th Grade For the Love of Water

This unit will give students a great learning experience