Watershed Connections Materials
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
Quick Links: Build Your Own Model | Lesson Plans | Bilingual Lessons
ICPRB’s Watershed Connections program links the connections between watersheds, land use, and water quality, using a watershed model to demonstrate historical land use, water pollution, and best management practices.
Learn how to build your own watershed model and download the lesson plans below.
*PDF Presentations marked with an asterisk (*) have a companion PowerPoint presentation. Please Contact us for the file.
Build Your Own Watershed Connections Model
The instructions and lesson plans for building and using your own Watershed Connections Model are below.
• Building Your Own Model Instructions
• Supply List
• Pattern Pieces for Model
• Land Use Piece Instructions
Watershed Connections Lesson Plans
While meeting multiple environmental literacy and curriculum requirements (listed in the lesson plan), students can use the model to investigate numerous topics, including historical land use, water pollution, and the use of best management practices. From grades 2-12, teachers are finding these models support lessons in the water cycle, ecology, sociology, and more.
| Objectives—Students will be able to:
Watershed Connections Presentation
- Watershed Connections: Watersheds, Land Use, and Sustainable Practices PDF Presentation*
- Alternate Version PDF Presentation* (Created by ESOL teacher Kari Rowe, ideal for beginner English learners or lower grade levels)
Watershed Model Activities
- Activity 1: Pre-Colonial and Colonial Era 1600s-1700s
- Activity 2: 1960s-1990s
- Activity 3: The Beginning of the New Millennium, 2000 and Beyond!
- Permeability Field Investigation (Teacher Instructions and Student Directions)
- Chesapeake Bay Watershed Map Activity