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									                   NC Project WET
                                                                           NC Division of Water

                   Facilitator Forum                                                Fall 2006

                                                                          Inside this issue:
Free Project WET Guides!
                                                                          Where are the NC         2
                                                                          WET CEU Forms?
NC Project WET has received a 319
grant to provide up to 500 Project                                        New DPI Healthy,         3
                                                                          Active Kids Require-
WET Curriculum and Activity Guides                                        ment
and KIDS Storm Water Activity Books
                                                                          Raining Cats and Dogs, 4
FREE of charge for polluted runoff                                        Adaptation
focused workshops! You will also
receive Discover Your Ecological
Address River Basin maps and                                                   Did you know?
booklets from the North Carolina
Office of Environmental Education.                                       • The human body is up to
                                                                           60% water.
                                                                         • The brain is about 70%
How do you get these free books? Because the NC WET Office
must meet the requirements for the grant, there are a few addi-          • The average adult body
tional steps to workshop planning, facilitation, and reporting.            contains 10 to 12 gallons
Most require only a slight modification of steps you currently             of water.
should be following and a few minutes from your normal work-             • Most ground water is
                                                                           located within a 1/2 mile
shop agenda.                                                               of the earth’s surface.
                                                                         • Falling raindrops are
First you must submit a traditional Project WET Workshop Pro-              shaped more like ham-
                                                                           burgers than tear drops.
posal. When filling in the number of WET Guides you are
requesting, please note that you would like to be considered for         Taken from the Water Facts
the free WET Guides and Storm Water Activity Books. You must             CD produced by the Ground Water
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                Contact Information for the
                                                                                NC Project WET
WET activities can be adapted to highlight polluted runoff (e.g.               State Coordinator
Macroinvertebrate Mayhem). If you are including adaptations,
please explain how they are being adapted. Once your agenda is            Holly Denham
received by the NC WET Office, we will contact you within a               Division of Water Resources
week to let you know if your request for free Guides was                  1611 MSC
                                                                          Raleigh, NC 27699-1611
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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 pre-
                      approval 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 Con-
                      tact 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 pro-
ject 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.
                      NC Project WET                                     Page 3

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 require-
ment, 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         Make a BIG splash at
cards. You will also need a large easel, dry erase board or         your next workshop!
drawing pad, and several dry erase markers for drawing.
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 Pictionary-
                          style 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
       JUMP IN            Pictionary game, you may want to set a time limit for
     with both feet!      guessing. Whoever guesses the saying first gets to draw

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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