The lesson introduces students to everything they need to know about lakes, rivers, and streams. Each type of water is defined, and information about how they are formed is included as well. Some important water types mentioned are Lake Superior, the Amazon River and the Mississippi River. Hydro-power is also briefly mentioned as part of the lesson. The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons about other landforms.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- What is the nearest body of water to your home the town? What is different or the same about it compared to a lake, river, or stream?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to share their experiences about visiting a lake, river, or stream. What did they like or dislike about it?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Lakes, Rivers, Streams.
- Distribute Lakes, Rivers, Streams content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. (Present a video showing different lakes, streams, and rivers found throughout the world.) Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute supplies. Encourage students to be creative, draw images or use photos from the Internet, magazines, or other resources. Circulate through the room and approve each “final” sketch. Allow students about 2 class periods to complete the posters.
- Once completed, students will share their posters with the class. Students vote on the top three posters for each category.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: If you could have a a lake, river, or stream in your backyard, which one would you pick and why?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 3 class sessions
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