Citizen Earth Watch is an environmental science curriculum insert for grades 9-12. By conducting original research into local water quality, students learn about populations, ecosystems, earth science, and ecology.
Using materials provided in a Citizen Earth Watch kit, students conduct a series of tests to better understand the health of their local waterways. Using this website, students calculate their WQI and map their results to a Data Map, a budding national catalogue of water quality information. Citizen Earth Watch’s four activities encourage learners to investigate water quality in their community, consider water challenges around the world, and share their findings with other students around the country.
Each Citizen Earth Watch kit provides everything learners need to investigate water quality, and everything facilitators need to lead a successful investigation. The curriculum includes testing supplies for 30 students and four activities with formative and summative assessment mechanisms.
This curriculum has been thoroughly vetted by teachers and students via a series of in-classroom beta tests over the course of an entire school year.
the outdoors can be a powerful tool for learning.
knowledge does not exist in a vacuum. It has real applications that are tangible and practical.
learners need to cultivate deeper relationships with their own communities and local environments.
learners need to learn to empathize and understand the challenges others face around the world.
young learners are more than capable of contributing to meaningful scientific research.
learners need the latitude to ask and answer their own questions, to play freely, and tinker.
Citizen Earth Watch includes four lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. See the PDF below for more information about the specific standards met.
Citizen Earth Watch is a project created by PlusUs, an educational design consultancy based in Philadelphia. Our team of educators, designers, content experts, writers, and web developers work together to re-imagine what learning can look like by creating innovative learning opportunities for K-12 students. We have developed curriculum for tens of thousands of students in all 50 states.