Thank you for your interest in our youth education programs. This is a collection of lesson plans and resources we’ve found to be helpful in developing water and environmental literacy. 

Research shows students learn the most on field trips and classroom visits when they can connect concepts covered with regular classroom learning.  If you’re coming on a Field trip to the Center soon, be sure to check out our Prepare for your Trip Tips for more ideas on preparing for your trip.

These lessons were picked to support learning before and after participating in Waterwise Community Center programs. However, they can also be used as stand-alone lessons. Most lessons can easily be adapted to grades beyond the range indicated. 

We also recommend the Environmental Education Collaborative of San Bernardino and Riverside counties’ Environmental Learning Resources Guide to identify sites and programs that can further support your class.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING RESOURCES GUIDE >



 RESOURCE


 TYPE


SOURCE

 
CONCEPT FOCUS

 Water Ecosystems Conservation


Water Cycle (TK-2nd Grade)

Water Cycle in a Sandwich Bag Lesson Plan Children's Env. Literacy Foundation X    
Earth's Water: A Drop in Your Cup Lesson Plan CA Academy of Sciences X   X
Ocean World: Earth Globe Toss Game Lesson Plan
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab X   X
Where Does Our Water Come From? Video Curiosity Quest  X   X


Plants and Pollinators (TK-2nd Grade)

Pollinator Parade Lesson Plan Project Seasons   X  
Pollinator Activity Guide Activity Guide KidsGardening.org   X X
What Color is Your Leaf? Lesson Plan CA Academy of Sciences   X  


Watershed Stewards (2nd-6th Grade)

Finding Your Flow-Watershed Engagement Toolkit Nature Conservancy
 X   X
Meet the Santa Ana Watershed Activities Waterwise Community Center X   X
Down by the River Roleplay Lesson Plan Children's Env. Literacy Foundation  X  
Wiki Watershed Toolkit Interactive Website Stroud Water Research Center X X X


Natural Resources and People (3rd-5th Grade)


Earth Mobile: The Chumash, Archeology and the Chaparrel Environment
Curriculum LA Natural History Museum
   X  
Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles
Interactive Website UCLA
   
Native Partners: Plants and People of CA
Curriculum Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden
   


Plant Adaptations (3rd-6th Grade)

Exploring the Native Plant World Curriculum Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center   X X
Creature Features Lesson Plan Life Lab   X X
Structures and Behaviors Lesson Plan Beetles Project   X  


Dig In! Soils & Decomposers (3rd-12th Grade)

How Fast Can a Carrot Rot? Lesson Plan Teach Engineering
   X  X
Soil Profiles Lesson Plan Soil Science Society of America
   X  
Nature Works: Soil Activity Guide Nature Conservancy
   X  X


Groundwater Guardians (4th-12th Grade)

Groundwater Detectives Lesson Plan Teach Engineering X   X
Groundwater Video KQED      

Capture that Rain (5th-12th Grade)

Water Footprint Calculator Interactive Website   X   X
Nature Works: Water Activity Guide Nature Conservancy X   X