Wonderful Water: a course for schools

The Wonderful Water environmental education materials were developed by UKOTCF, the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) Department of Education, and TCI teachers.  A small start-up grant from the UK Overseas Territories Environment Programme was supplemented by donation of large amounts of UKOTCF volunteer time, and donation of all the photographs – which, unlike most available curriculum material, were primarily pictures within TCI.

The target age group is 9+ years, but these materials can be used flexibly as best judged by the teacher, and have been used up to senior secondary level.  They take account of the curriculum being used in TCI, and have clear objectives for students at different levels of competency.

Mangroves provide important ecosystem services e.g. nurseries for fish, coastal protection; Copyright: Mike Pienkowski

The materials for a particular unit consist of a pupils’ text, a teachers’ guide, and supporting illustrative material.  All the examples used are from TCI, and are illustrated with many high-quality coloured photographs, as well as appropriate diagrams. They are produced as electronic pdfs, so that they can be used flexibly, e.g. computer-projected or displayed on a tablet, and updated periodically.

The first two sets of materials, on Wetland Ecosystems in the Turks and Caicos Islands anetland Ecosystems in the Turks and Caicos Islands and on the Mangrove Ecosystem, have recently been revised, and can be downloaded free of charge here.d on the Mangrove Ecosystem, have recently been revised, and can be downloaded free of charge here.

Other units focus on Natural Freshwater Systems are currently being revised, and will be available shortly.

UKOTCF is making these materials freely available.  However, donations to enable further revision and production of more units would be greatly appreciated.  You can donate here.

Wetland Ecosystems in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Part1

Part2

Mangrove Ecosystems

  1. Mangrove Ecosystems in TCI and their importance
  2. Adaptations in the Mangrove Ecosystem
  3. Feeding Relationships in the Mangrove Ecosystem
  4. Threats to the Mangrove Ecosystem
  5. Mangroves and Climate Change
  6. Caring for Mangrove Ecosystems
  7. Classification of organisms in the Mangrove Ecosystem

Wetland Ecosystems in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The files on Wetland Ecosystems in the Turks and Caicos Islands can be downloaded here:

Part1

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

Part2

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

Part of TCI's Wetland Site of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention; Copyright: Mike Pienkowski

Mangrove Ecosystems

The files on Mangrove Ecosystems can be downloaded here:

  1. Mangrove Ecosystems in TCI and their importance

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

  1. Adaptations in the Mangrove Ecosystem

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

  1. Feeding Relationships in the Mangrove Ecosystem

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

  1. Threats to the Mangrove Ecosystem

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

  1. Mangroves and Climate Change

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

  1. Caring for Mangrove Ecosystems

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

  1. Classification of organisms in the Mangrove Ecosystem

Pupil text

Pupil text images

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide images

Teacher Guide example keys

Teacher Guide ID photos1

Teacher Guide ID photos2