The Watershed Game: Classroom Version is designed for middle school (grades 6 – 8), but can easily be extended to upper elementary and high school.
This large-format board game is designed to include both small group work and whole-class play components. It helps students understand the relationship between land uses within a watershed, water quality, and their community. Working in teams, students apply tools (prevention, practices, plans, and policies) to decrease water pollution while balancing financial resources. The goal of the activity is to reduce nonpoint source water pollution from various land uses to the stream without going broke.
The Game emphasizes collaboration and cooperative decision-making, persuasive argument, teamwork, and leadership skills along with science and math.
The Watershed Game: Classroom Version requires 1-2 class periods and is supported by a number of online resources available to educators using the Game.
The Game can be connected to multiple education standards, including Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and various state standards.