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Lesson Plan

Life Science: Creek Restoration Project
Subject: Science
Grade span: 5 to 12
Duration: Flexible (can be done in a couple of weeks or over the course of the year)
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Engaging Families and Communities


This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Engaging Families and Communities. In this project, afterschool instructors and students work with community members and parents to understand the local environment and restore a creek.

Learning Goals:


  1. Safety goggles or spectacles
  2. Gloves
  3. Collection bags
  4. Water-testing kits or computer/PDA probes (available at science-supply stores)
  5. Digital camera
  6. PDA or laptop with spreadsheet software


Safety Considerations Safety Considerations:
  • Adults must supervise all data collection and clean-up. Choose the area wisely, looking for the safest environment for students.
  • Students must wear gloves for clean-up and use goggles when any water-testing chemicals are used.
  • Do not collect data when a storm is forecast; observe the sky for rain showers and thunderstorms. Avoid streams in high water.
  • Have a first-aid kit for all outings, sturdy shoes, and proper clothing, including protection from the sun.

What to Do:

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

Learn More:

Learn more about the 5Es.
Online Training for Afterschool Staff
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is available online free of charge.

The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.