This curriculum has several objectives: l. To help students understand the importance of watersheds 2. To teach about the Long Island Sound watershed and its impact on the water quality of Long Island Sound 3. To help students understand the impact of a local problem on global change 4. To help teachers understand how science lessons can be modified for visually impaired or blind students.
Designed for students in grades 6-10, this curriculum examines the geological formation of Long Island Sound and the watershed system. It also investigates the importance of watershed management for the water quality in the Sound. It traces how pollutants released in neighborhoods throughout Connecticut end up, often untreated, in Long Island Sound. It also helps students understand what they can do to prevent pollutants from entering Long Island Sound. For example, it explores how motor oil flushed down a sewer drain in Hartford or New Haven ends up adding to the pollution and destruction of this precious waterway.
This curriculum is also designed to help students understand the types, causes, and consequences of pollution in Long Island Sound. It inspects the water quality of Long Island Sound and studies the affect pollutants have on the shellfish living in its waters. In addition, it explores how pollutants enter the water and what problems these pollutants cause when they find their way into the Sound.