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Water: United States Watersheds and Rivers (A Colorful FUSION!)

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-Southern Science Specialists - Chapel Hill, North Carolina-

An interactive and very COLORFUL approach to rivers, river systems, and watersheds.

This activity allows YOU to CHOOSE to difficulty and pedagogical strategy. May be used across many grades and with students of widely varied ability and past performance levels.

Content includes:

-River feature diagram (primary river, tributaries, source, floodplain, meanders, mouth, delta, and lake/ocean).

-Complete river system breakdown with features categorized as young, mature, old, or very old. Features include precipitation, lakes, glaciers, rapids, waterfalls, tributaries, flood plain, oxbow lakes, salt marsh, delta, deposited sediment, ocean, source zone, transition zone (mature), and floodplain zone.

-Main watersheds of the United States (cutouts): Colorado, Columbia, Missouri, Upper Mississippi, Lower Mississippi, Rio Grande, Ohio, St. Lawrence, Susquehanna, and Arkansas-White-Red.

-Main watersheds of the United States and their tributaries (traced and colored with legend construction).

-Assessment prompts and Google Earth images. Content includes major and minor watersheds, divides, base level, and geography.

-Identification of the following watersheds: Columbia, Colorado, Rio Grande, Mississippi, St. Lawrence/Great Lakes, Susquehanna, Brazos, Mobile Bay, Delaware, and Pee-Dee.

-In depth analysis of watershed identification and mapping focused upon tributaries.

-Matching activity (description and multiple images) of the following watersheds: Missouri, San Francisco/San Joaquin, James, Rio Grande, Colorado, and Ohio

Loaded with COLOR images!

Can be printed entirely or given to students in sections based on their ability and/or your curriculum parameters. You decide.

Fantastic for college prep, advanced, special education, and/or autistic-Asperger’s learners who need differentiated instruction or other non-traditional (direct instruction) pedagogical strategies.

WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! Predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).

Very special cut and paste, Smartboard, and/or Velcro and laminate activity that challenges many types of learners.

Can be infused easily into curriculum so learners that need an alternative assessment or may struggle with standard activities/labs/assessments have such an engaging option.

Perfect for homeschooling!

A great addition to your teaching library.

Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 4th – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.

Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.

Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.

Also used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.

Answer key provided.

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*Activity submitted at an educational resource center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina*


Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”

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Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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