shed is and why it is important in Colorado, where water
sources originate here, but no water stays in the state.
(This is why Colorado is considered a headwaters state.)
The lesson also shows students how to build a watershed
using a sheet of paper.
• Part three (https://bit.ly/2Y1Kesv) lets students investigate
the Continental Divide’s role in Colorado water.
• Part four (https://bit.ly/3cAH4Bk) helps students under-stand
the urban watershed in which they live. Students
can enter their home, school or other address to see
where their individual watersheds are located. They can
also see their place in larger river basins and create pre-cipitation
Explore Colorado Water is designed around the state’s edu-cation
standards for fifth to eighth grade students. It can also
be modified as needed through different grade levels. Flex-ibility
was built-in to provide teachers a way to teach about
water in a way that best satisfies their classroom needs.
This commitment to helping students make wise decisions
about water was the inspiration behind a companion lesson
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