Classroom Resources List

Below are common resources that can be integrated into watershed education in South Sound:

General Resources and Activities

Beach Etiquette


  • Biomimicry is “learning from and then adapting nature’s best ideas to solve human challenges in order to create a healthier more sustainable planet”
  • Biomimicry Education Network
  • Curiosity Machine offers design challenges inspired by nature. Build an octopus suction pad, create a wind machine based on seed dispersal techniques, explore fight…this site is a go to for individual challenges or units. Aligns with NGSS.
  • More resources from the 2015 Summer Teacher’s Institute (that was focused on Biomimicry) can be found here.

Climate Change

Indigenous Knowledge

Ocean Acidification

  • Collection of Ocean Acidification Educational Resources: A curated collection of free resources on ocean acidification (OA) for educators and communicators. For grades K-12.
    This website is funded/supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish & Wildlife, Washington Sea Grant, Suquamish Tribe and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.


Performance Tasks

  • Healthy Waters Part 1 and 2 – This can be used as an introduction to water quality testing (zoom out to see the full document!)
  • Use this blank performance task template to create your own! Part 1 and Part 2


Planting and Restoration

This Plant it Right video provides a good overview of how to successfully complete a restoration planting project, including different plant stock and planting methods.

Also, the Tree Planting and Restoration slide show gives an overview of why restoration is important for local habitat!


Riparian Zone



Stream Bugs

Stream Structure

Water Quality Monitoring

  • Water Quality Manual: This curriculum was designed to prepare students for water quality monitoring day and includes update instructions, data sheets, and ways to make your water quality testing day successful!
  • 5th Grade Watershed Explorers Model developed in partnership with the Nisqually River Education Project and North Thurston Public Schools includes lessons in the field, pre- and post-lessons (including a CER), and loads of resources! Here’s a link to the Teacher Guide
  • We created these Virtual Water Quality Monitoring Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are focused on outdoor lessons in the field, these videos, interactive field journal, and story map are still useful in teaching about water quality testing.


  • My South Sound Watershed Promise can be used to introduce your class to watersheds! This booklet explains what a watershed is and provides an overview of the water cycle. Sections on pet waste, yard waste, household waste and more inform students on sources of pollution, and a pledge card for them to make change in their own lives! Don’t want to print the whole pledge? Here’s the one page Pledge Card!