A Diary of the Basin
Events that affect the Lake Pontchartrain Basin occur almost every day. Many of them are noteworthy and make important news items. Your class can keep a log (diary) of such events, much in the way that a scrapbook of personal events is made!
This way we can learn about the functions and values of wetlands in our watershed, as well as some of the problems associated with them. A large map of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin on the classroom wall can be used to mark sites of particular events.
1. Watch the news on television or read the newspaper daily for one week at a time during the year.
2. When an event that affects the ecology of the watershed occurs, find out the major points of the issue: who, what, when, where, why
3. Write a brief summary of the news item and paste it into the Lake Log. You may include the actual news item, if available, as well as pictures pertinent to the topic.
4. Of course, field trips to selected sites in the Basin should be recorded in the class Lake Log, too!