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PBS Learning Media, PBS


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies

Resource Type

  • Videos, 4 minutes, 12 seconds, CC

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan & Fox/Wolf Watershed (CESA 6, 7, 8)

Observing Changes in Water Resources

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  • This brief video explores how water resources on Menominee Indian Tribe lands in Wisconsin are changing and how they are impacted by climate change.
  • The three Tribal Members interviewed discuss climate change impacts to water levels, water quality, and wildlife.
Teaching Tips


  • This video provides an Indigenous perspective on the water problems that many communities face.
  • Many ideas are covered in this short video, giving students a range of ideas for further learning.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have an understanding of the water cycle.
  • The beginning of the video mentions the terms assimilation, colonialism, cultural genocide, and termination, which may need to be defined or explained.
  • This video was produced in 2012. There is no obsolete data in the video. The video features anecdotal observations from Menominee Tribal Members. For this reason, the video is still valuable for use in the classroom.


  • This resource would work well in a science class learning about the water cycle or ecology or in a social studies class discussing communities and how they work together to solve problems.
  • After viewing, dive into a water issue closer to home. Students can work in groups to research a current event or topic about local water issues and then present it to the class.
  • As an extension, have students teach their peers about a water issue they learned about in the video.
Scientist Notes
This short video segment adapted from the College of Menominee Nation examines observations about water resources on Menominee Indian Tribe land, located in northeast Wisconsin, and considers the impact that climate change is having on water levels, water quality, fish populations, and more. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
      • D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
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