Rivers Unit Outline
At the end of this unit you will ...
Click on this link to visit various websites. You will be observing
and recording, to build up your store of background knowledge.
This Powerpoint presentation will be shown in class, and will also be available
on your network at (xxxx). It covers the stages of a river, and some
Answer questions on specific sites to solidify the material presented in
recognize some major landforms associated with rivers.
understand the role of energy in creating these landforms.
realize the impacts of human activity on rivers and flooding.
understand the importance of considering drainage basins as unified regions.
4. Return to the observations from your virtual experience.
These have been compiled and posted. As a class you will be re-examining
them and offering explanations for as many of them as possible.
This lab introduces human impact on rivers in the form of changes to the
watershed, and the impact of rivers on humans in the form of floods and
changing runoff patterns.
(You can click on the heading above to see the instructions using your
Browser. Alternatively, you can click here
to download a Microsoft Word version.)
The human element is extended as each student maps a Canadian watershed
and examines its human activity. A teacher led demonstration provides
a model and illustrates one other watershed.
You will collect and organize information for others to surf. You
will provide many links, but the explanations and descriptions will be
You will read some views about the issue of making dams, and write a position
paper on the subject.
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