In this unit, your child will learn about rivers, lakes, and mountains--including the Mississippi River. Hands-on activities include making a diorama; exploring a river, lake, or mountain area; and making a physical map. To reinforce these concepts, your child will view a satellite map, find rivers and lakes on a map of your state, and draw the Mississippi River on a map. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
|Rivers and Streams||(no rating)|
Learn how rivers are formed as well as how they drain the landscape and move water and minerals to the oceans.
|Mississippi River||(no rating)|
This mighty river is the second largest watershed in the world and is 2,350 miles long.
Learn how lakes are formed and that lakes require a continual source of new water or they dry up.
Mountains are the highest points on Earth and are formed when pieces of Earth's crust smash together.
|More About Rivers and Streams||(no rating)|
Learn interesting facts about rivers and streams on this website.
|More About Ponds and Lakes||(no rating)|
Explore this website for information about ponds and lakes, lakes and weather, and some of the largest lakes.
|More About Mountains||(no rating)|
This website will take you on a mountain adventure where you will learn how mountains are made along with mountain weather, animals and plants.
|Make a Diorama||(no rating)|
Your child will create a diorama that has a river, a lake, and a mountain.
You and your child will visit a nearby river, lake, or mountain. Have your child draw pictures while you write down his or her observations about the plants animals, rocks, and other natural elements in the area.
|Make a Map||(no rating)|
Your child will make a map that shows the major rivers, lakes and mountains of the United States.
|Any Rivers, Lakes or Mountains Nearby|
Type your address into this webpage and see the area where you live. Ask your child if there any rivers, lakes or mountains nearby. Zoom out to find the nearest bodies of water or mountains.
|The Rivers and Lakes Where You Live||(no rating)|
Print off an unlabeled map of your state for your child to color. Discuss how many rivers and lakes there are in your state.
|Where's the Mississippi||(no rating)|
Print out a map of the United States and have your child locate and draw the Mississippi River.
|Three Rivers||(no rating)|
This video is an interesting look at three rivers in Zambia. Learn how the rivers are important to the country and to animal life.
|Mountains and Clouds|
Watch the interesting cloud formations over the mountains in this time-lapse video.
|Flamingos and a Salty African Lake||(no rating)|
This video shows a large salt lake in Kenya where many Flamingos feed.
List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience: