CWPPRA Curriculum

    Turning The Tide - A Teaching Guide To Louisiana's Coastal Restoration Problems and Solutions
    Turning the Tide Curriculum
    In 2011, Louisiana Public Broadcasting premiered its internationally acclaimed film documentary, “Turning the Tide." The purpose of this curriculum is to encourage students to ask questions and to explore how choices being made today will affect their future. “Turning the Tide” and this companion educational guide encourage students to think about what is at stake in terms of crucial wetland ecosystems, Gulf seafood populations, North American migratory bird and waterfowl populations, the nation’s energy infrastructure and national security, interior navigation and water transport for American produce and goods, and a totally unique American culture.

    Many thanks to all of our partners!
    Click here to watch the Turning the Tide videos that go to each lesson plan. Turning the Tide

  • English
    The Hullabaloo of Writing a Journal- WET, WILD and Provocatively Honest (11,204 KB, PDF)
    Estuary Extra- Producing Your Own Environmental Newspaper (1,402 KB, PDF)

    Barrier Islands (15,069 KB, PDF)
    Keeping Our Heads Above Water - Success of Restoration Projects (3,915 KB, PDF)

    Social Studies
    The Great Marsh Dilemma (931 KB, PDF)

    Dialogue: Disappearing Wetlands (4,317 KB, PDF)

    How Far Are You From the Sea? The Vertical and Horizontal Truth (14,138 KB, PDF)

    The Dollars and Sense of Coastal Restoration (27,132 KB, PDF)

    Compendium (404 KB, PDF)
    This compendium or collection of wetlands resources was created by Dr. Pam Blanchard with LSU and Louisiana Coastal Roots. It is designed to offer educators a guide to the best available resources to enhance and support their educational activities related to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal habitats and land. The goal of the compendium is to increase the environmental literacy of teachers and our young citizens and to inspire them to become active stewards of our coastal habitats.
    Educator's Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary
  • Resources for the "I Remember..." Oral History Show
    I Remember Curriculum
    This CWPPRA Oral History Educational Resource companion guide is a selection of compiled materials that has a central motif: teaching the effects of oral history, art, and environmental science inside the classroom or informal education setting. The materials in this packet are for both teachers and students who are interested in using oral history and art as a productive tool in helping to raise awareness and support about ecological issues in the environment around us.
  • The CWPPRA “I Remember” Oral History project combines the importance of oral history, art, and conservationism within the southern region of Louisiana. Additionally, this curriculum project has incorporated elements of art including: environmental portrait photography that accompanies the oral histories, wetland nature photography, and paintings that tell stories.

    We all have stories to tell about our lives. Use this curriculum to help your students tell their stories through oral histories and art.

    Cover and Introduction (1,744 KB, PDF)

    I Remember... Oral History Supplement (453 KB, PDF)

    National visual Arts Standards (239 KB, PDF)

    I Remember Art Supplement Introduction (503 KB, PDF) A Handful of Estuary Critters (2,469 KB, PDF) Painting in Style - Flowers of the Estuary (1,812 KB, PDF) We Walk in Beauty - Nature Field Journals (2,469 KB, PDF) From Sugar Cane Fields to the Easel - The Mystery of George Rodrigue's Blue Dog (894 KB, PDF) Honk If You Love the Wetlands (2,469 KB, PDF) Pass the Word - Designing An Environmental Action Brouchure (161 KB, PDF)

    Resources (344 KB, PDF)
  • STEM - Louisiana Wetland Restoration and Student Success
    STEM Curriculum
  • Use CWPPRA real time, field collected data to access graphs and information related to Louisiana wetlands. Click the slide show below to view:
  • CRMS - Coastwide Reference Monitoring System Beginner's Guide
    CRMS Curriculum
  • Use the CWPPRA Beginner's Guide to understand and help make lesson plans for the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System.
  • Barrier Island Lesson Plans
    Barrier Islands Curriculum
    Includes 5 free lesson plans for students in middle school and high school. Learn about barrier island geomorphology, dynamics, flora and fauna and much more!

    To bring you these lesson plans we've partnered with The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences. Educator's Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary UNO PIES
    An Educator's Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary
    Barataria Educator's Guide
    Use this guide for K-12 students to understand and teach a host of wetland issues using primarily math and science concepts.

    To bring you these lesson plans we've partnered with The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.
    Spirit of the Estuary - Using Art to Understand Ecology
    Spirit of the Estuary
    Use this guide for middle and high school students to understand and teach about Louisiana's wetlands using language arts lessons.

    To bring you these lesson plans we've partnered with The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.
    Coastal Roots Lesson Plans
    Spirit of the Estuary
    Lesson plans are designed to help teachers grow our native wetland plants for restoration
    Planning Your Coastal Roots Field Trip (137KB, PDF)

    Collecting and Organizing Data (276KB, PDF)
    Using Graphs to Help Tell a Story

    Need Salt on That Mangrove? (169KB, PDF)
    Introduction into Serial Dilution

    Rooting Into Inquiry (187KB, PDF)
    Student-Designed Projects, the Four Question Strategy & Experimental Design Diagram

    When the Habitat Gets Salty (217KB, PDF)
    Effects of Salt Water Intrusion on Bald Cypress Seedlings

    A Southern Bayberry by Any Other Name… (175KB, PDF)
    The Science of Names
    Native Fish in the Classroom
    Native Fish Curriculum
    Lesson plans designed for middle and high school students to teach them about Louisiana's own native wetland fishes such as the paddle fish.

    To bring you these lesson plans we've partnered with The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Sea Grant.
    Louisiana Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries SeaGrant
    Lessons on the Lake
    Lake Curriculum
    This interactive resource for K-12 provides students with hands-on experience to learn about and appreciate the wonders of the Basin. It also teaches skills of identifying environmental concerns, and strengthens skill in decision-making and problem solving.

    To bring you these lesson plans we've partnered with The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

    Pontchartrain Basin
    The North American Conservation Education Strategy: A Toolkit for Achieving Excellence
    NA Conservation Education
    The Conservation Education Strategy Tool Kit contains resources developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to support conservation educators who offer fish and wildlife based programs. It includes resources developed as part of AFWA’s Conservation Education Strategy.

    Pontchartrain Basin
    Functions and Values of Wetlands
    Functions of Wetlands
    This resource is for students of all ages that helps understand the importance of Louisiana's wetlands to our community.

    Pontchartrain Basin

About This Site

The Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act Program web site contains information and links relating to coastal restoration projects in coastal Louisiana. This site is funded by CWPPRA and is maintained by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.