Title: How Do I Know It's A River?#107

National Standard: 7 The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface.

State Standard: 12

Lesson Introduction: This lesson should be used prior to reading the book, The River Ran Wild.

Objective/Purpose: Students will call upon previous experiences and personal knowledge to describe the characteristics of a river valley.

Materials: Various pictures of rivers and river valleys (old calendars and outdoor magazines are good sources)

Procedure:
1) Tell students they will be reading a book about a river.
2) Display the pictures of the rivers or pass various pictures to groups of students.
3)Ask students to look at the pictures and describe what makes a river. Ask them to notice the landscapes surrounding the rivers.
4)On chart paper record student definitions of a river valley.

Evaluation/Assessment: Completed student definitions.

Enrichment/Extension: Visit a local river or brook. Verify student definition for a river and a river valley.

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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