The heavy rains across the region have created areas of significant flooding, including the streams that wind through our campus and the wetlands of the Crocker Conservancy. This provided a wonderful real-world example for fifth grade, which has been studying watersheds, the impact of surface runoff into the streams and how the water in our streams eventually makes it all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.
Be sure to wait until the end of the video and check out the water level from yesterday compared with the water level during the Royston Regatta back in the fall!
“From the clean water project to exploration of the wetlands and the release of brook trout in Spout Run, the study of freshwater is a theme that runs through much of our science curriculum. We have a plastic watershed model in our science lab that is a great way to illustrate erosion, surface runoff, and nutrient pollution as fifth graders study human behaviors that affect water quality. Today, the huge volumes of water on campus give us an amazing opportunity to teach about water on a larger scale. Students can watch surface runoff in action, feel the saturated earth under their feet, and see the lower areas of campus underwater. The stream is raging over its banks, and we are expecting a lot more water to flow over our campus in the next few days. What a great way to experience the power of water and understand how our stewardship of the land around us can make a difference, even far downstream.”
~Mrs. Coutts, Lower School Science Teacher