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Guadalupe Watershed Song Lessons

Ideas for teacher presentations

Objective: To provide an overview of the Guadalupe watershed.

Vocabulary

watershed reservoir head (of river) riverbed
flood plain slough percolation pond aquifer

Preparation

  1. Make copies of "Guadalupe Watershed" for students.
  2. Review poem and music tape.

Lesson 1:

  1. Distribute the "Guadalupe Watershed" poem.
  2. Invite students to circle all the "information" about the watershed contained in the song as they listen to it.
  3. Play the tape.
  4. Discuss the facts that students identify.

Lesson 2:

  1. Distribute the "Guadalupe Watershed" poem.
  2. Divide students into pairs or trios.
  3. Assign a different verse to each group. Ask them to illustrate it.
  4. Recite the poem as a group. Have each group share their illustration at the appropriate time.

Lesson 3:

  1. Distribute the "Guadalupe Watershed" poem.
  2. Divide students into pairs or trios.
  3. Assign a different verse to each group.
  4. Ask them to make up gestures for the verse.
  5. Recite the poem as a group. Have each group share their gestures at the appropriate time.

Lesson 4:

  1. Distribute the "Guadalupe Watershed" poem.
  2. Invite students to listen as you play the tape.
  3. Discuss the poem. What did you learn?
  4. Invite the students to write additional verses or their own poem about this or another watershed.

Lesson 5:

  1. Distribute the "Guadalupe Watershed" poem.
  2. Invite students to listen as you play the tape.
  3. Discuss the poem. What did you learn?
  4. Invite the students to rewrite the poem in prose.