This hands-on river unit is packed with outdoor math and measurement activities! Students will collect river measurements, calculate velocity and discharge, test hypotheses, and interpret graphs! Plus, there are study materials for stream anatomy, channel types, and drainage patterns! It includes all the materials you will need for a spectacular STEM unit!
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Age group: This STEM unit was created with universal design in mind and can be adapted to a variety of grade levels, but is best suited to middle school and high school. These materials are great for mixed-age group classrooms (e.g., nature/STEM camps, homeschooling). Additionally, the instructor guide includes suggestions for making activities simpler or more challenging, depending on your students’ needs.
Materials Included (39-page PDF file)
→ PART 1: INTRO AND STREAM ANATOMY: intro handout, research project, anatomy diagrams, vocab
→ PART 2: CHANNEL TYPES AND DRAINAGE PATTERNS: posters, flashcards, and informational cards
→ PART 3: STREAM MEASUREMENTS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: informational handouts & diagrams, 4 lab activities, worksheets, and directions
→ PART 4: HYDROGRAPHS & CLIMATE CHANGE: graph interpretation activity, reflection questions
→ Includes an overview/directions page, instructor activity guide, and answer keys
+ Bonus materials: online resources & suggestions for expanding upon this unit’s topic are available here.
→These materials and all artwork within are for personal and single-classroom use only. Please, do not sell, share, or alter these materials. Print these materials for personal and single-classroom use as many times as you like. Please contact me if you have questions or are interested in purchasing multiple licenses for your school or organization.
→ This is an instant PDF download, not a physical item. I recommend 1-sided printing on 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper.
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→ The activities in this unit should be completed with adult supervision. Wild Earth Lab is not responsible for the safety of participants completing the activities within this unit.
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