Beginning Cycles

Submitted by Justin Frost on Fri, 2017-07-14 00:00

Understanding the natural world is a primary goal of Physical Science.  If we can analyze natural problems then we can use the scientific method to create solutions for our natural and social environments.  Learning about SES in Idaho has opened my mind to how complex natural resource management is, and how to navigate various stakeholder interests.  This new knowledge will help guide students through how Physical Science affects their access to Nature, water and food.  Students will learn how floods are prevented, how the TV is irrigated, how trout and salmon are given life through the proper management of our watershed.  We can apply forces and motion to the flow of water, use metrics to measure streamflow and precipitation levels and energy to analyze amounts of power generated by these dynamic systems.  

How will you integrate your knowledge of SES and/or activities in the classroom?


I'm going to try to integrate several of the lesson plans that we talked about in this unit with my existing plans on electrical power generation. Combining the idea of using hydropower to make electricity for homes, with the idea that we need to utilize those Water Resources effectively in order to provide all of the different shareholders that we have here in the Boise watershed.

I believe I have several ideas for three different games I can incorporate in the classroom and fall from those those resources and I'm going to try and make that a addition to the units I already use.

Justin Frost's picture

Hi Terry,

Thank you for sharing how you plan to integrate the material into your classroom.  Hydropower is such a complex issue with regulatory steps, private and public works and variable output.  Idaho is a leader in hydropower and our students can learn the greater issues that influence this renewable resource.