Students should know:
Teachers should start with the following set of questions to spark student thinking.
(If possible, use a Smartboard slideshow with videos and lots of visuals.)
The six agents that create Erosion
The most important Force of erosion is GRAVITY. The most important AGENT of erosion is WATER.
Deposition is the process by which sediment settles out of the water or wind that is carrying it and is deposited in a new area. (The dropping of sediment.) (Show visual examples of deposition and how to spot them)
Students form in groups of 2 or 3. Students should thoroughly research river features in order to create a visual representation of their design. Also, students are responsible for a condensed interpretation of their design to go with their visual presentation. This should include a brief explanation of the design features, the problems they have solved, and the inspirations for these features.
Lesson 1: Blueprints
(Designing time = ~2 days)
Ask students to answer the following in their notebooks:
Students will then have a short discussion about blueprints.
Ask each student to draw a blueprint of the classroom. Afterwards, students will be put into groups and create a blueprint for the water system project. The icons and features will have a standard key in which all students will have similar and recognizable designs based on their symbols.
Each blueprint design must include:
Lesson 2: Constructing our River System
(Building time = ~5 days)
Basic information about the science and care of river systems fromt the River Systems Institute http://www.rivers.txstate.edu/This United States Geological Service site provides links to USGS information about river systems and related topics http://www.usgs.gov/science/science.php?term=1002
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