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Smarty Pants News
Join high school news anchors, Sofia Sal and Doug Dingo, as they report on the stories you didn't know you wanted to hear. Sofia is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves engineering and can't wait to get started on the next project or experiment. Her latest invention is Smarty Pants News' interactive smart desk. Doug loves science - especially biology and ecology because he can see science in nature when he's out on his surfboard or mountain bike. Curious about their own backyards, Sofia and Doug seek out answers to environmental questions with the help of local experts. Short, educational, and fun, the Smarty Pants News series is a great way to introduce a new topic to your students or wrap up a concept.
Episode 1 - Watersheds, Runoff & Pollution
Show this webisode to your students to introduce or reinforce key vocabulary. Try pairing this webisode with one of the suggested lesson plans below.
Precipitation: rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground
Runoff: rain that does not evaporate or soak into the ground
Reservoir: a place where water is collected and stored
Wastewater: used water (often called sewage)
Storm water: water from a rain storm that washes off roads and roof tops
Watershed: an area of land where all of the water that falls on it or drains off of it goes into a particular body of water