Keywords: watershed, topographic map; Lesson Plan Grade Level: tenth through twelfth grade, ecology/natural resource management class; Total Time Required for Lesson: part of a 70-minute block (can be modified to fit different times); Setting: classroom

Goals for the Lesson

  • Students will learn about watersheds in PA.
  • Students will learn how to delineate a watershed.
  • Students will understand how water flows in a watershed.

Materials Needed

  • topographic map of your area
  • pencils
  • overhead of map
  • overhead projector

State Standards Addressed: E & E Standards: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources (4.2); Ecosystems and Their Interactions (4.6); Humans and the Environment (4.8)

Teaching Model: Lecture incorporating class discussion and questions

Subjects Covered: ecology, biology, forestry

Topics: watersheds


Lecture material while having students participate by answering and asking questions and allowing them to discuss what is being learned.


Maps the students have drawn their delineation on.


FRIT Class, Dr. Sanford Smith, The Pennsylvania State University.


Eric Broughton, Liberty Junior Senior High School