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									NC Project WET Facilitator Forum

NC Division of Water Resources

Fall 2006

Free Project WET Guides!
NC Project WET has received a 319 grant to provide up to 500 Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guides and KIDS Storm Water Activity Books FREE of charge for polluted runoff focused workshops! You will also receive Discover Your Ecological Address River Basin maps and booklets from the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education. How do you get these free books? Because the NC WET Office must meet the requirements for the grant, there are a few additional steps to workshop planning, facilitation, and reporting. Most require only a slight modification of steps you currently should be following and a few minutes from your normal workshop agenda. First you must submit a traditional Project WET Workshop Proposal. When filling in the number of WET Guides you are requesting, please note that you would like to be considered for the free WET Guides and Storm Water Activity Books. You must also submit a sample agenda that outlines the activities, videos, and/or speakers for your tentative workshop. Please note how each agenda item relates to polluted runoff education. Many WET activities can be adapted to highlight polluted runoff (e.g. Macroinvertebrate Mayhem). If you are including adaptations, please explain how they are being adapted. Once your agenda is received by the NC WET Office, we will contact you within a week to let you know if your request for free Guides was approved.
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Inside this issue:
Where are the NC WET CEU Forms? New DPI Healthy, Active Kids Requirement 2 3

Raining Cats and Dogs, 4 Adaptation

Did you know? • The human body is up to 60% water. • The brain is about 70% water. • The average adult body contains 10 to 12 gallons of water. • Most ground water is located within a 1/2 mile of the earth’s surface. • Falling raindrops are shaped more like hamburgers than tear drops.
Taken from the Water Facts CD produced by the Ground Water Foundation.

Contact Information for the NC Project WET State Coordinator Holly Denham NCDENR Division of Water Resources 1611 MSC Raleigh, NC 27699-1611 919-715-5433

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Where are the Project WET CEU Forms?
There have been many requests for the official Department of Public Instruction CEU (Continuing Education Units) form, signed by the NC Project WET office. Unfortunately DPI no longer pre-approves workshops for CEU’s. If you are doing a workshop for a specific school district, you may choose to request pre-approval from the school district for participants. However, for a wider audience, it is the teachers’ responsibility to have workshops approved by their individual school districts for continuing education credit. Some districts require preapproval while others just need proof the teachers attended the workshop along with a description. The traditional Form B for EE Criteria I credit is generally accepted for this purpose if under Hours you specifically write contact hours (e.g. 10 Contact Hours). Most teachers are aware of this policy, but please be sure either to provide a disclaimer when you advertise your workshop or to inform teachers when they register. (Free WET Guides Continued) Once you are approved, your books and a Participant Pre/Post Test will be shipped. This very short test must be administered to workshop participants at the beginning and end of your workshop. These tests are a 319 grant requirement and will be used to determine base knowledge and learning. After your workshop, you must return your Facilitator Reporting Forms, your pre/ post tests, and copies of your evaluations. These forms will be used for overall project evaluation and to report the number of participants at each workshop to the EPA. Tests and evaluations must correspond to the number of books given out, so you will be responsible for either returning unused Guides or paying for them. These FREE Guides and materials will be given out on a first come basis, so please take advantage of this great opportunity. You can begin submitting your applications now and the books will be available until they all are distributed or until November 2008. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Holly Denham, the NC Project WET State Coordinator.

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New DPI Healthy, Active Children Requirement for Students in K — 8
The Department of Public instruction has recently required that all students in grades K—8 get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. This activity does not have to be physical education, but does require that the students are up and moving. There are several activities in Project WET that can feed children’s minds while they nourish their bodies! At the same time, teachers can meet the standard course of study while fulfilling this new requirement, Take a look at just a few great activities to help get teachers and students get started! Just Passing Through (pg. 166): Mimic the movement of water down a slope. Life in the Fast Lane (pg. 79): Explore temporary wetlands. The Long Haul (pg. 260): Haul water to appreciate the amount of water used daily. Macroinvertebrate Mayhem (pg. 322): Illustrate, through a game of tag, how macroinvertebrate populations indicate water quality. No Bellyachers (pg. 85): Show how pathogens are transmitted by water by playing a game of tag. Reaching Your Limits (pg. 344): Through a game of “limbo,” students experience the effort involved in meeting drinking water standards. For more information on the new policy, go to Would you like to preview the new Discover Storm Water KIDS In Discovery Activity Book for FREE? Just contact the NC Project WET Office at 919-715-5433 or

Raining Cats and Dogs Adaptation
Raining Cats and Dogs is a very popular workshop activity that compares figures of speech across cultures and climate zones. When done as written, it is a simple card game where players match pictures to particular water sayings. Most facilitators, however, adapt the activity to make it more interactive. One fun way to do this is by creating a Raining Cats and Dogs Pictionary-style game. Before the workshop, use the Water Proverbs/Sayings provided in the WET Guide and/or additional water proverbs to create a deck of water sayings cards. You will also need a large easel, dry erase board or drawing pad, and several dry erase markers for drawing.

Make a BIG splash at your next workshop!

At the workshop, introduce the activity, pointing out that different cultures view water in different ways. A culture’s general experiences with water can be seen in many of their sayings. There are many great examples of these differences in the Water Sayings From Around the World section of the Student Copy Pages of the lesson. Be sure to discuss how the climate and availability of water in a region are highlighted in their vernacular. Explain to participants that you are going to play a game using figures of speech related to water. Using a Pictionarystyle game, the group will try to guess what familiar saying the person drawing is trying to communicate. The person drawing is not allowed to speak or pantomime to help get their ideas across, but may write down words the group calls out if they are part of the saying. Like the actual Pictionary game, you may want to set a time limit for guessing. Whoever guesses the saying first gets to draw next.

JUMP IN with both feet!

For more great water proverbs and sayings from around the world, please visit the United Nations World Water Day Web page at:

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