Instructor Materials: Overview of the Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources Module
Students will: Summative Assessment The Summative Assessment is a selection of questions that could be used during an in-class or take-home exam. Questions are aimed at a range of cognitive levels and designated as level-1 (lower on Bloom's taxonomy) to level-3 (high on Bloom's taxonomy) Learn more about assessing student learning in this module.
The Summative Assessment is a selection of questions that could be used during an in-class or take-home exam. Questions are aimed at a range of cognitive levels and designated as level-1 (lower on Bloom's taxonomy) to level-3 (high on Bloom's taxonomy) Learn more about assessing student learning in this module.
In Unit 1, students learn about the reservoirs and transport pathways that make up the hydrosphere, along with an overview of traditional and geodetic methods for measuring water volumes and fluxes. This unit provides an alternative way for students to learn the major components of Earth's water cycle, which includes actively thinking about how we measure the water system. Unit 1 takes ~1.5-2 hours to work well but works well spread over two class periods.
- Activity 1.1 - Identifying reservoirs and transport pathways in the water cycle
- Activity 1.2 - Jigsaw activity in which students become "experts" in traditional or geodetic methods for measuring water and then work in groups to analyze data and determine which part of the part of the hydrosphere each method measures best.
In Unit 2, students learn how the techniques from Unit 1 that are used for water budgeting can be applied to both groundwater (High Plains Aquifer) and surface water (Western Mountain Watershed) systems. In this exercise, they develop their ability to interpret time-series plots that show the impact of drought years and wet years on underground water storage in the High Plains Aquifer and on snowpack and surface runoff in the Western Mountain Watershed.
- Activity 2.1 - High Plains Aquifer groundwater
- Activity 2.2 - Western Mountain Watershed surface water
In Unit 3, students explore how water managers track water through their local watershed/aquifer system. This unit allows them to apply what they learned in Units 1 and 2 to a region/human system with which they are familiar.
- Activity 3.1 - Stakeholders in a water budget -- a short exercise in which students consider who has power and interest related to water resources
- Activity 3.2 - What's in YOUR watershed? -- more open inquiry activity in which the students investigate water data from their own region of interest to better understand the local water system and societal considerations.
Making the Module Work
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