Catchment to Coast Audit – Grade 8 to 11 – Captivating Catchments

Activity Introduction

An audit is a technique that through unbiased exploration helps establish the baseline levels of a particular facet of an organisation (your school in this case). Once baseline has been ascertained, you can move to improve wherever you fell short. To perform an environmental audit, one is required to investigate, measure, analyse and evaluate our environment, in an unbiased way using a resource or activity. Four methods are presented in the lesson plan. You have the option of using one or all four methods.

Grade: 8 - 11

Prior Knowledge: Scientific method, map work

Resources Required: Catchment to Coast audit worksheet, pens, coloured pencils, paper, aerial map, plastic containers, a small bowl, different types of soil, wood chips, leaves, rocks, water, oil, bits of rubbish, food colouring, and blocks of varying sizes

Key Concepts & Skills: Water, River Health, Catchments, Questioning, Investigating, Recording, Analysing, Communicating, Collaborating

Assessment Task (If Applicable): No

Extra Notes: Part of the lesson is outside so is weather dependent

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

Level of teacher facilitation: Low

Curriculum links: Social Sciences (Geography); Geography

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