Synopsis

Lesson Snapshot

1. Engage: Students will view an EAS (Emergency Alert System) flash flood warning and/or flash flood video clip. Students will utilize a KWL chart to organize what they know about flash floods.

2. Explore: Students will use clay models and graph paper to investigate watersheds and explore how water behaves in a general watershed. Students will also investigate how water behaves on various substrates.

3. Explain: Students will participate in collaborative group discussion to summarize the findings from the watershed and substrate experiment.

4. Extend/Expand: Students will investigate specific watersheds containing different substrates and how these would relate to flash floods.                   

5. Evaluate: Students will design and create a community watershed model to represent an “ideal” community design to mitigate flooding. Students will also create a presentation showcasing their model addressing flash flooding using the theme “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”