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Modeling and Investigating Watersheds

kit #437

This kit provides students with exclusive Lab-Aids® Watershed models to help them explore the dynamics of watersheds. Despite the significance of watersheds, many students get few opportunities to explore this important aspect of topography and its relationship to the water cycle. Students apply "rain" over a topographic model and observe the water runoff. From their observations they identify the location of major bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and streams. This activity not only provides students with first hand experience with watersheds but also provides a knowledge base to better understand issues such as how an abandoned mine may influence water quality far from the mine site or how farming practices in Nebraska may influence the health of organisms in the Gulf of Mexico.


  • As part of the water cycle, water falls to the surface where it collects in rivers, lakes, and oceans
  • Students use appropriate tools to analyze and interpret data

Content List in Modeling and Investigating Watersheds is as follows:

Quantity Description
6 Lab-Aids® Watershed models
6 Pipets, 3-mL
12 Red/blue pencils
1 Blue food coloring , 15-mL drop controlled bottle
1 Teacher’s Manual with MSDS
28 Student Worksheets and Guides
1 Transparency 1: Map of Major U.S. Rivers
1 Transparency 2: Sample Map of Water Flow within the Model
1 Transparency 3: Map of the Mississippi Watershed Sub-Basins
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 6 groups per period

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Modeling and Investigating Watersheds 437 $104.75
ADD A GROUP for Modeling and Investigating Watersheds 437EL $17.95