Stormwater in the Desert
Are you looking for fun ways to spice up your daily lessons, and learn more about your community? The Stormwater in the Desert Activity Book and accompanying Teacher Guide are just perfect for you! The lessons are created with middle school aged students in mind but can be adapted for variety of ages and abilities.
Activities range from creative writing to algebra, with a little bit of everything in between, so there is something for every learner.
Download the full version of both here for free. Or pick and choose some of the experiments below to try out at home!
Hands on Activities and Experiments
The activities below are individual selections from the above Teacher guide that are fun and easy way to practice some hands on learning with things you likely already have around the house. More background information for each topic can be found in the pages of the activity book cited at the top of each activity! Have fun and feel free to contact us with any questions!
Water Cycle in a Bag Try this activity for a simple way to better understand the water cycle.
Know Your Watershed: Do you know what a watershed is? Check out pages 9-15 in the activity book to learn more about our Arizona Watersheds, then build your own!
Rain Drop Races As you learn more about storms and water in Arizona explore how our ever changing landscape impacts the way water flows in our community. Try rain drop races to make this concept fun and competitive!
Understand Your Urban Watershed Now it's time to take everything you have learned about Arizona storms and apply to your own neighborhood. Take a stroll outside and use these worksheets to explore the storm drainage systems in your neighborhood. Find out just exactly where all of that water is going when it rains, and why it is so important to minimize pollution! If you need a little help, feel free to email us at Environmental.Compliance@gilbertaz.gov.
Extend Your Learning
These are links from some of our partners in maintaining a healthy watershed. Check out some there additional learning opportunities!
Use the form below to request your own classroom set of rain gauges and activity books. You can also schedule a time to have one of our stormwater professionals to visit your classroom, scout troop, or there community group to perform an interactive experiment or give a talk. Site visits can be customized to meet your needs.
Additional Resources for Teachers
These links can help to connect you with other organizations and resources for Arizona Teachers to help with Stormwater Education in the Classroom.
Watershed Management Group The Watershed Management group has grants and opportunities for building a rain garden on your campus. Visit their website for more information.
For questions or more information, please contact us directly at:
Environmental.Compliance@gilbertaz.gov or (480) 503-6517