Monitoring and Assessment of Tidal Creeks near Charleston, SC
Sarah Mitchell, ARMADA Master Teacher
- Campbell, B., and Fulton, L. 2003. Science Notebooks: Writing About Inquiry. Portsmouth (NH): Heinemann. 94 p.
This book describes the benefits and the how-tos of having your students write in/keep a science notebook. Questions are peppered throughout the book to help you design the usage of science notebooks in your classroom.
- Constabile, K., Craig, H., O'Laughlin, L., Reiss, A.B., and Spencer, L. (Comps.) 2002. What's in Your Water? An Educator's Guide to Water Quality. Washington, D.C.: Earth Day Network. 11 p.
This guide includes background information on things like the Clean Water Act and general water quality testing. It also contains four science lesson plans on water quality.
- Cronin-Jones, L. Florida's Water Resource Activity Pack, a supplement to the schoolyard wildlife activity guide. Southwest Florida Water Management District
This guide was developed for elementary grades, but is easily adaptable and lessons focus on topics ranging from the role of plants in the water cycle to what can be done on the school grounds. It has some nice masters for pond health, water use, insect identification and moisture mapping.
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Marine Fisheries,. 2001. Fishing Lines, angler's guide to Florida marine resources.. Tallahassee, Fl. 76p.
One of the best resources for local fish identification as well as information on habitat, and fisheries management.
- Lantz PS. Hale, WA. 1994. The Young Naturalist's Guide to Florida. Sarasota (Fl): Pineapple Press. 183 p.
Great resource for general knowledge of Florida's natural world. Ranges from descriptions of ecosystems, flora and fauna to ideas on how to protect and preserve it.
- Mawson, Juia Steed. 1992. The Seaside Naturalist. NY.(NY): Fireside. 246p.
One page information on plants and animals found along the coastal areas. Part of New Hampshire Marine Program. Basic sketches of organisms
- Purdum, ED. 2002. Florida Waters. Southwest Florida Water Management District. 112p.
This book takes a look at the history of the area, the earliest users of water here, the different types of water resources, the ecosystems and current restoration projects. This is a nice reference for factual data like the changing sea levels effect on our shoreline, population growth and water use charts. It also has a wonderful timeline from 12,000 B.C. up to 2005.
- Roa M.L.1993. Environmental Science Activities Kit. West Nyack, NY The Center for Applied Research in Education. 332 p.
Ready to use labs that include looking at oil spills, water treatment and land use planning.
- Robinson G.B. and Robinson S.C. 1996. Discover a Watershed: The Everglades. Bozeman, Montana. The Watercourse. 278 p.
A nice resource for Florida specific issues and species. . Focusing on the Everglades, this book takes a look at its history including the earliest native Americans and the bird hunters. It has a nice watershed model activity as well as a "survival game" which requires learning about the ecosystem to survive.
- Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program. 1995. Sarasota Bay, the voyage to paradise reclaimed. Sarasota Bay NEP, Sarasota, Fl. 231 p.
More of a technical resource on specific steps and actions recommended for the restoration of Sarasota Bay. It is a good resource for looking at action steps a community can take and has many great ideas for homeowners as well.
- Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. 1996. Exploring Tampa Bay, a teachers guide to Florida's largest estuary. The Tampa Tribune. 56 p.
This is a great resource with local information. It is filled with activities like estuarine food webs and various forms of locomotion. This resource includes activities for various disciplines, like a lesson on the amount of Nitrogen oxide produced by various forms of transportation.
- Terrell, C.R., and Perfetti, P.B. 1989. Water Quality Indicators Guide: Surface Waters. Washington, D.C.: Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office. 208 p.
This guide includes a look at areas that relate to water quality like basic hydrology, geology and wastewater treatment. It offers ways to find water quality solutions to problems from such issues as animal waste, sediment, nutrients, and pesticides.
- The Watercourse and Western Regional Environmental Education Council. 1995. Project WET - Water Education For Teachers. Bozeman, Montana. 516 p.
This is one of my all time favorite references for classroom activities relating to water. The book includes activities that cover the water cycle all the way up to ways to manage water systems. There are several activities in here I use every year.