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Young scholars study scanning and skimming techniques. In this research skills lesson, students use the research techniques on print literature about the Mississippi River. Young scholars prepare book talks on the literature they read.
USA State Tag / Mississippi River Shuffle
Learners are given the opportunity to play a tag game while studing geographical sites in the U.S.A. (relative to the Mississippi River or to other geographic features you may choose).
How Old Is Illinois?
High schoolers use fossils found in rocks to determine the age of the strata between Rock Island and Chicago. Pupils pretend they are geologists. They must determine the age of all rock layers between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. This is no small task, and here is a terrific lesson that provides you everything you need to lead your charges through the inquiry. Terrific photographs, worksheets, and resource links are embedded in the plan.
The Mississippi River
Students demonstrate the importance of the Mississippi River and all its uses such as transportation, food, commercial purposes, and drinking water. They also provide information about other rivers and their importance.
The Meandering Mississippi River
Geography or earth science classes may find this worksheet useful for reviewing their knowledge of the Mississippi River. Primarily, it addresses tributaries, major cities, sources, etc. Composed exclusively of fill-in-the-blank questions, it does not require any critical thinking.
Mapping the Mississippi
Earth science classes can inspect the geography of the Mississippi River watershed by using National Geographic's fascinating FieldScope, an interactive mapping tool. Printable worksheets can be used to guide the exploration. This neat package can be used when learning about remote imagery, physical geography, or if your class happens to be learning about the Midwest.
Territory and Statehood of Iowa
Fifth graders recognize the steps to create a territory, a district and a state. In this Iowa instructional activity, 5th graders discuss the three capitals and their importance. Students recognize the key people in the development of Iowa. Students research the Mississippi River and how the territories were formed. students answer critical thinking questions.
Language Arts: Mississippi River Brochure
Learners create brochures about recreational activities along the Mississippi River. Focusing on points of interest, they research attractions and create maps of the surrounding area. Once students write descriptions of their locations, they design their brochures.
Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'
Students discover how rivers inspire creative expression. In this Mark Twain lesson, students list songs about rivers and discuss common characteristics. They locate the Mississippi River on a map and write a script in which a steamboat visits the town. Students read Life on the Mississippi and discuss discuss the writing style of Mark Twain.
The River and Lake States
In this geography instructional activity, students read a 3 page information text about the history, climate, resources and economy of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. Students then answer 10 multiple choice questions.
Marquette and Joliet Explore the Mississippi in 1673
Students locate and name the St. Lawrence River, the five Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River on a modern map. They find Quebec, Michilimackinac, Wisconsin, and Chicago on that map. They find the same places on a 1681 map.
Mark Twain Lesson Plans
Celebrate the birthday of Mark Twain and learn about American life and literature along the great Mississippi River.
In the Wake of a Storm
Students share thoughts about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana's natural environment. They read an online article and write proposals to save Mississippi River marshlands.
A Wanderer's Point of View
Learners write an imaginative story using a specific point of view. Students imagine what life along the Mississippi River is like and pretend they are there. Learners may use the scenario provided, or create their own for their story.
Life on the Mississippi Past And Present
Third graders study the importance of the Mississippi River with its transportation, drinking water, food, commercial purposes, and travel.
LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI PAST AND PRESENT
Third graders explore the Mississippi River and the ways in which it is used by the communities it travels through.
Students use math to plan a trip by houseboat down the Mississippi River. They research and obtain information on the Mississippi River and its surroundings and use multiple graphs to represent their data.
From Lazy River To Deep Water
Student investigate the lock and dam system of the Mississippi River by creating one for the class to observe. The experiment is completed in conjunction with research bring compiled from different resources for a research project.
Special Report: Flood of the Great River
Students work together in groups and role play the role of television crews. Using the internet, they research specific events of the Mississippi River flooding and report their findings to the class from different angles. They are to turn in a list of questions that are being answered before their presentation.
Students pick a theme related to the Mississippi River Valley and conduct research using a variety of resources while constructing a commemorative stamp of the topic. The stamp is made using a visual image found in the information.