CWEP’s Curriculum-Aligned Lessons

This page contains original CWEP stormwater lessons aligned with NC curriculum standards that you can use with students in a classroom or at-home setting. All can be used or adapted for remote learning.

CWEP provides free in-person education with these lessons in member communities. Please contact us if you are interested in a visit. For examples of other K-12 aligned lessons and activities that are a part of our services, please see our CWEP Menu .

Flooding and Stormwater Management: 4th grade

NC Science Curriculum Standards:

4.P.2: Understand the composition and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change or interaction.

4.L.1: Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

In this lesson, students investigate photos and maps of a North Carolina elementary school and learn about stormwater management techniques that can help communities become flood resilient. A good precursor to this lesson is the Don’t Flood the Fidgets video game, where students are introduced to the stormwater infrastructure types and terminology.

Stormwater Consequences Board Game: 3rd-5th grade

NC Science Curriculum Standards:

3.E.2 Compare the structures of the Earth’s surface using models or
three-dimensional diagrams.

4.L.1: Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

5.P.2 Understand the interactions of matter and energy and the changes that occur.

5.L.2: Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their
ecosystem.

Students in 3rd through 5th grade are a target audience for stormwater education because they are learning about the water cycle, matter, hydrology, weather, and watersheds. The Stormwater Consequences Board Game is played similarly to Candy Land: players role a dice and pick up action cards associated with the space they land on. As they travel through the river ecosystem, players collect stormwater “pollution” and “solution” cards which help teach about common stormwater pollutants and things everyone can do to improve water quality in their own community.

Storm Drain Investigation Lesson: 9-12 Grade

NC Curriculum Science Standards:

EEn.2.4.2: Evaluate human influences on water quality in North Carolina’s river basins, wetlands and tidal environments.

The Storm Drain Collector lesson was designed for high school students without easy access to a creek or stream on their school campus to still be able to actively engage with their watershed. Students work in teams of three to collect measurements and observations about storm drains on their school campus and parking lot. This data is recorded by students in an ArcGIS Survey123 form which automatically populates on a statewide map.

River Basin Timeline Lesson: 9-12 grade

NC Curriculum Science Standards:

EEn.2.4.1 Evaluate human influences on freshwater availability

EEn.2.4.2 Evaluate human influences on water quality in North Carolina’s river basins,
wetlands and tidal environments.

In this lesson, students discover the many ways that residents of North Carolina have benefited from the rich water resources of our state throughout history. By completing this activity, students connect events they may have learned about in social studies, science, or language arts class to their own watershed.

Neuse River Basin Timeline

Cape Fear River Basin Timeline