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What is WaterQuest?

WaterQuest is a web quest. Your role is to facilitate and guide students rather than teach them. This enables students to learn through discovery and to draw conclusions based on research and discussion.

Students adopt the roles of different watershed stakeholders to find a solution to a water quality issue. Students explore the various factors which impact Alberta's watersheds and gain an appreciation for the many aspects of water-use issues. Through online research, discussion, debate, collaboration and hands-on field activities students quickly discover that everyone lives downstream.

Activity Time: (approximately)

  • 2 hours to research and discuss findings with group members
  • 4 hours to construct presentation
  • 2 hours for presentations and wrap-up discussions

WaterQuest - steps to completion

The entire Quest process is laid out for students in the student section, but the general process is as follows:

  1. Read the story to the class and follow with discussion and clarification.
  2. Introduce sector and stakeholder groups and develop an advance organizer to start students thinking about the issue.
  3. Assign students to sector and stakeholder groups.
  4. Students research Alberta watersheds, river basins and water management sites with attention to how each sector affects them.
  5. Students research stakeholder activities and how they relate to the watershed.
  6. Students develop a solution allowing stakeholders to continue their pursuits while improving the quality of the water in the watershed.
  7. Students design a brochure, pamphlet, mural or poster clearly showing how all stakeholders within the sector can work together to improve the watershed water quality.
  8. Students present findings to the Environment Commission (the class) as a PowerPoint, oral, video, or diorama presentation.
  9. Discuss findings as a class and realize that everyone is affected by the quality of the watershed so we must all use it with care.

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