Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands: Lessons for Educators

Since 1976 the Amigos de Bolsa Chica have been committed to protecting our local wetlands and serving our community - this includes our students and educators. The short video Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands documents the fight the Amigos took up in order to see that commitment through; the Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Educator’s Guide will aide in helping you engage your students with the video and get them to think critically about the process of preservation and how they can be a part of that process.

First, watch the Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands documentary.

Next, the Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Educator’s Guide includes a grading rubric, short answer questions that chronologically follow the video, open-answer questions that get students thinking critically about the scientific process as well as the human side of preservation efforts, and an essay question that prompts them to see the pros and cons of development and conservation, as well as articulate their thoughts on the subject.

This guide is aimed at Grades 8-12, but can be modified to meet the needs of younger grade levels.

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