Curricula For Teachers
Various classroom curricula focusing on different water issues are available to teachers throughout Santa Barbara County. There is a small fee associated with obtaining most of these materials. Ordering information is listed for each curriculum guide.
Care For Our Earth Grants
K-12 teachers can apply and receive $300 for activities, field trips, or educational supplies that will help you teach your students about water and energy efficiency, and/or traffic reduction. The Care For Our Earth Grant is easy to apply for. Grant applications are generally made available in October and awarded in December. To view projects of previous grant recipients and to apply, visit the County Office of Education website.
Curriculum Workshops and Guides
Project WET and EEI Hands-on Educator Workshop and Teacher Training
Teachers can attend the workshop for free and receive free copies of the Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide while, EEI- Education & the Environment Initiative curriculum units for your classroom, and curriculum from Department of Water Resources. Project WET Guide 2.0 Contains 65 Complete Lesson Plans of Water. Curriculum is designed to meet State Common Core Content Standards. Curriculum Matrix Helps Educators determine specific skills, topics, and standards. The workshops are taught by trained and certified educators from the CREEC Network. For more info and upcoming workshops, visit the CREEC website.
Alliance For Water Efficiency's Learning Landscape Lessons
The Alliance For Water Efficiency launched it's Learning Landscape Lessons in April 2020. This includes three school lessons focused on outdoor water efficiency that align with Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3-8. The lessons are publicly available and can be requested via their website.
Lesson Plans from the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (K-12)
The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) offers a number of lesson plans focusing on various agricultural issues. Lessons and units are correlated to the frameworks for California Public Schools and have been written, field tested and reviewed by educators. Cooperative learning, individual and group problem solving and critical thinking activities encourage students to "construct" their own knowledge about agricultural concepts while developing skills in science, mathematics, English/language arts, history/social science, health/nutrition and the visual and performing arts. For more information, including downloadable lesson plans, or to order print copies, please contact CFAITC at (800) 700-AITC or www.cfaitc.org.
Ground Water Education (7th-12th)
This package offers lesson plans and materials that focus on groundwater, aquifers, and groundwater pollution. Laboratory sessions, classroom activities, reproducible worksheets, overhead masters and background information is included in the Teacher's Guide. The California Ground Water poster is also included. $25.00; 1995, package format. To order, please call (916) 444-6240 or order it at the Water Education Foundation.
Turning the Tide on Trash: Marine Debris Curriculum
This learning guide on marine debris from the EPA presents a "How to use...," section, matrices of activities by learning skill and by subject, and a litter survey called "Let's Talk Trash." Each unit has several activities included, each with a subject activity, an objective, vocabulary list, materials needed, learning skills to be developed by the activity, and an estimated time to complete the activity.