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Rivers: Lifelines of the Land DLESE Reviewed Collection
This lesson offers students an introduction to river ecology and the effects of human activity on watersheds. They will learn the basics of river ecology; research how dams affect the environment; and study a specific watershed in the United States. Assessment materials, extension activities, and links to related sites are inlcuded.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004, National Geographic Society.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-450
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Risks and benefits
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
    • Physical systems:
      • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'National Geographic Xpeditions Atlas'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Geographic Society