Girls Get STEM: Water Watch Guards

No matter where you live, you have an impact on the world’s oceans! Discover your local waterway and challenge kids to explain how their actions affect the local community and the world.

Grades 3 – 5

Help Her Lead at Home

Talk: With your child, take a mini-field trip to a local body of
water. Or, if this isn’t possible, type your home address into
Google Maps and search for nearby waterways. As you observe
a local waterway one way or the other, ask your child to share
what they have learned about watersheds in school. Challenge
them to explain how their actions can affect both
local waterways and the oceans of the world!

Do: Choose a day that you and your child can spend together
and take on the role of Water Watch Guards! Read through the
Water Watch Guards: A Day in our Life sheet to understand what
this means, and then use the chart’s first column throughout
your day to keep track of actions that you see and do that could
affect your local waterways. Try to make observations at home
and in your community and be sure to include both positive and
negative actions.

At the end of the day, review your completed list together. As you reflect, encourage your child to create a
facial emoji that shows whether each observation is likely to have a positive or negative affect on your local
waterways.

Then fill out Part 3: Plan for Change as you discuss:
● Which actions had positive effects on our waterways?
How could we encourage more people to act this way?
● Which actions had negative effects on our waterways?
How could we improve this behavior?

Finally, choose one Plan for Change idea and work with your child to make it happen! Color in the
corresponding Create Change! star once you have successfully created change and protected your local
watershed and the oceans of the world.


Science Topics
Conservation & Sustainability, Limnology, Oceanography
K-6
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
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