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Chapter List

  • Chapter 1: Walk in the Woods
    1. Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Facts
    4. What is a Watershed?
    5. Activity: Guided Imagery
    6. Where does the Water Come from?
    7. Activity: Water in the Basin
    8. How does precipitation affect the Watershed?
    9. How does groundwater affect the watershed?
    10. How does surface runoff affect the watershed?
    11. Activity: Learning about the Basin
    12. Activity: Travelin' Troupe
    13. Activity: Surfin' the Basin and Beyond!
  • Chapter 2: Why Worry about Wetlands?
    1. Chapter 2 Intro
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Why Worry about Wetlands
    4. Activity: Countdown Calendar
    5. What is a Wetland?
    6. Activity: Lake Log
    7. Activity: How healthy is this wetland?
    8. Activity: Where have all the Wetlands gone?
    9. Activity: Bird Beak Buffet
    10. Activity: Environmental Barometer
    11. Activity: Fibonnacci Hunt
  • Chapter 3: The Magic of the Estuary
    1. Chapter 3 Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. What is an Estuary?
    4. Functions of the Estuary
    5. Activity: Music of the Estuary
    6. Activity: Magical Images of the Estuary
    7. Activity: Estuary Interviews
    8. Activity: Estuary Issues
    9. Activity: What does it take to be an Estuary Inhabitant?
  • Chapter 4: Rollin' Down the River
    1. Chapter 4 Intro
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Activity: Headlines
    4. Anatomy of a River
    5. Protecting Rivers
    6. Treasured Tangipahoa
    7. Activity: Issues about Rivers
    8. Activity: Problems with Rivers
    9. Activity: Questions about Rivers
    10. Activity: Drainage Detectives
  • Chapter 5: Our Water Resources
    1. Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Water Cycle
    4. Activity: Water Cycle Walk
    5. Quiz: Daily Water Use
    6. Activity: Brainstorming
    7. Measuring Water Quality
    8. Water Pollution
    9. Project F.U.R.
    10. Activity: Mini Action Plan
    11. Activity: Journaling
    12. Activity: How's the Water?
  • Chapter 6: Natural Resources of the Basin
    1. Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Natural Resource Balance
    4. Activity: How We See the Puzzle
    5. What are our most precious Natural Resources?
    6. Activity: Agricultural Runoff
    7. Activity: Salt and Cypress
    8. Activity:  "I AM"
  • Chapter 7: Ecosystems in Delicate Balance
    1. Ch. 7 Intro
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Ecosystems
    4. Energy Flow Through an Ecosystem
    5. Healthy vs. Unhealthy Ecosystems
    6. Biodiversity
    7. Threatened and Endangered Species in the Basin
    8. Decision Making and Issue Analysis
    9. Ecosystem Tumble
    10. Activity: I'm a Survivor
  • Chapter 8: Natural Forces Affecting the Basin
    1. Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Global Climate Change
    4. Are Sea Levels Rising?
    5. Subsidence and Erosion in the Basin
    6. Activity: Thinking at Right Angles
    7. Activity: Linking Lake Factors
    8. Hurricanes
    9. Activity: Subsidence and Erosion
    10. Activity: C-Mail
    11. Activity: The Pontchartrain Picayune
    12. Activity: Multimedia Presentation
    13. Activity: Help! I'm Up to my Hips in Water!

  • Chapter 9: Land Use in and Around the Basin
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 9 EQ
    3. Understanding Land Use
    4. Population Size Increase
    5. Land Use Practices in the Basin
    6. Activity: Loss of Wetlands
    7. Activity: Home Sweet Home

  • Chapter 10: Exploring the History of the Basin
    1. Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. Historical Highlights
    4. Activity: Explore History
    5. Activity: Dramatization
    6. Activity:  Dramatic Timeline
    7. Activity: Basin  Culture
    8. Activity: Capturing History In a Box
    9. Activity: Historical Research
    10. Activity: Marsh Mysteries Quiz