Title: Locate the Nashua River Valley#101

National Standard: 1 How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.

State Standard: 10

Teaching Level: E

Lesson Introduction: It is suggested that this activity be completed prior to reading The River Ran Wild.

Objective/purpose: Students will locate the Nashua River Valley on a map and determine its relative location.

Materials: map of Nashua River watershed (see attached), map of New England, map of New Hampshire.

1)Tell the students they will be reading a story about a river that is located in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
2)Either distribute the map of the watershed or create a transparency and project it.
3)Identify the Merrimack River, the Nashua River, and the city of Nashua.
4)Have students identify their town on a map of New Hampshire, if you have one available.
5)Discuss the location of the Nashua River in relation to their town.

Evaluation/Assessment: student participation and teacher observation.

Reflection: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.
Thank you.
The authors.

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