RUNNING WITH THE RIVER
Participating Schools: Petaluma High School
Lead Teacher: Kris Camacho
Participating Classes: 9/10 Honors Biology and 11/12 AP Environmental Science
Overview: Students will write observations, an inquiry question and a testable hypothesis related to the guiding question, “Is the Petaluma River watershed ecosystem healthy?” Based on data and evidence collected in an experiment Students will make a public service announcement in which a well researched suggestion related to environmental stewardship of the Petaluma River watershed ecosystem is presented.
Key Learning Objectives: Students will develop field observation skills as they work toward understand what’s happening in a watershed/riparian environment and will identify ecological relationships.
Lab: Rock Porosity
Lab: Groundwater Study (relationship between surface water pollutants & groundwater)
Lab: Sewage Treatment in a Bottle (In preparation for our field trip to Ellis Creek Water Treatment
Lab: Oil Spill and Clean-Up
Field Trip: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility 3890 Cypress Dr. Pet. 94954
Field Trip: Field Study at River/Steamer Landing Park
Petaluma High School students presented their PSA at the 2019 Student Showcase.
Next Gen Science: HS.LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. (example - organism response/health related to temp changes in response to water depth)
Common Core State Standards: WHST.9–12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Next Gen Science: HS.LS2.7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.