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Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds


Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds is a classroom and community activity guide for teachers that addresses issues such as endangered species, marine debris, coastal geology, water use, and much more. It is carefully aligned to the California State Science Content Standards for grades 3 through 8, and includes “Community Action” lessons adaptable for all ages up to and beyond 12th grade. The guide is available to California educators for free from the California Coastal Commission, or it can be downloaded as a PDF.

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DOWNLOAD WAVES, WETLANDS, AND WATERSHEDS:

Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds is available in a printable PDF format. You may download the entire document, or download it by chapter.
Please note: Due to copyright agreements, three activities are not available in PDF format. Download Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds as a PDF.


STANDARDS ALIGNMENT:

Within Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds, the applicable State Content Standards are clearly stated next to each activity in the 3rd through 8th grade chapters. A matrix of the standards addressed in each activity is available as a downloadable PDF document, or by request.
•  Standards for all chapters
•  3rd Grade Standards only
•  4th Grade Standards only
•  5th Grade Standards only
•  6th Grade Standards only
•  7th Grade Standards only
•  8th Grade Standards only
•  Community Action Chapter Standards (correlation for all grades)

New Standards Correlation:

  • Download a matrix of Common Core Standards correlation for all grades.
  • Download a matrix of Next Generation Science Standards correlation for all grades. This matrix shows shows correlation to the Performance Expectations as well as to the Science and Engineering Practices. If your school has begun emphasizing some of the NGSS "Practices" (such as arguing from evidence or using models), you can find out how to bridge the gaps between the old and new science standards with Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds by using this correlation.

The State of California's Education and the Environment Initiative has developed a set of Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) for elementary and secondary schools. A PDF is available showing how Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds addresses the EP&C Learning Objectives.


SPANISH SUPPLEMENT:

Printable Spanish translations of the student handouts in Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds:
•   Spanish Language Student Handouts (1.7MB)


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS:

Saturday, March 22
10am-12:30pm
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Manila, Humboldt County
In partnership with Friends of the Dunes and Bureau of Land Management
Space is limited! Register by March 19.
Workshop Flyer
Tuesday, April 22
4-7pm
Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County
In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the California Coastal National Monument
Space is limited! Register by April 18.
Workshop Flyer
Wednesday, April 23
4-6:30pm
Ty Warner Sea Center
Santa Barbara
In partnership with Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Space is limited! Register by April 18.
Workshop Flyer

As workshops are scheduled, they will be posted here. If you would like to participate in an orientation workshop for Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds, please send an e-mail to Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov which includes your contact information, as well as the name of your school or program and the grade level that you teach. Workshops are open to both formal and informal educators. If you would like to volunteer your location (e.g. school, museum, visitor center) for a workshop, please use the same contact.

Since 2003, a total of 90 workshops have been held in Alameda, Alhambra, Auburn, Berkeley, Cambria, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Carlsbad, Castroville, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Eureka, Folsom, Fontana, Fort Bragg, Fremont, Guadalupe, Imperial Beach, Huntington Beach, Loleta, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Marina, Newport Beach, Novato, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Pescadero, Redding, Riverside, Roseville, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San José, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, San Pedro, San Rafael, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Seaside, Stockton, Suisun City, Tustin, Van Nuys, Ventura, and Walnut Creek.


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