Lesson Plans to Accompany the ARS

We are so excited that you are interested in using our Augmented Reality Sandbox! We have created this page to give videos and lesson plans to accompany the ARS. If there is a topic we have not covered here and you would like help creating a lesson plan for the ARS, or there if is something you want to see, let us know. We are more than happy to help.

ARS Basics for Teachers 6-8

This introduction for teachers will help you and your colleagues understand how to use the ARS in the classroom to help teach a variety of watershed topics.

Getting to know the curriculum 4-8

Get to know the ARS and the state curriculum it corresponds with. This tool may help you think of other topic to go over while you have the ARS.

Pollution in Watersheds Student Worksheet

This lesson includes content about watershed, what they are and the pollution that can occur from every day activities. Students can work in groups, while one group is working in the ARS box the other students can complete activities at their group tables.

Watch the video reference for this topic.

Download the ‘Pollution in Watersheds Student Worksheet’ PDF

Understanding Watersheds through Topographic Maps

Not everyone understands or have ever had to use a topographic map. Use this lesson with the ARS to help others understand not only how to read a topographic map but also how a watershed might look on a topographical of the maps.

Creating Your School Watershed

Meant for a group of students, but easily converted to any group, participants can put their brains together with their understanding of a watershed and create their school’s watershed. Think of things like where all of the water goes when it rains or the snow melts. Does the water drain somewhere? Does it create big puddles to splash in? Here is a video Reference for this topic Creating a local watershed video

Recreating the Great Lakes Basin

This lesson is an introduction to the Great Lakes Basin. This allows your group to be able to visualize how water runs over Michigan and how we have a positive or negative effect on the Great Lakes as a whole.

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Understanding your local Watershed

This map of the Charlotte area, as well as the questions can help give your group an understanding of their local watershed. Don’t live in Charlotte or Eaton County? No problem, contact us and we can alter this lesson to fit your needs and your area.


Augmented Reality Sandbox setup

Check out this video teaching you how to properly setup the ARS both hardware and software, as well as troubleshoot both the projector and the camera.

This Document also has step by step instructions on how to setup and run the ARS


Check out our Glossary of watershed terms, this includes different terms from the lesson plans as well as any other vocabulary you would like to introduce to your group.

Check out our What is a Watershed poster as another fun visual way to show watersheds and how they work.