This lesson focuses on the creation of a large area map of the Lamprey River watershed that includes all of the communities through which the river flows, significant historical and local events, and sites that have played a role in the Lamprey River's history. Animals and plants that the students have noted from the video may be added also. Be sure that the students understand that a watershed is land from which all the water drains into a certain stream, river, lake or other water body. On its way, the water travels across farms, forest lands, parking lots, lawns, highways, town streets, school playgrounds, and fields. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively to produce the map for a classroom or hallway display. As the students learn more about the river, they can add items to their part of the map and display.
Students will be able to
__overhead projector with overhead copy of the watershed map OR
__opaque projector and copy of the watershed map (Lesson 1.2)
__"RIVER STORY: The Lamprey River Through History" video
__television and DVD player
for each working group:
__large sheet of butcher or bulletin board paper
1. Divide the class into 7-14 working groups. Each group should be assigned one of the Lamprey River’s communities.
2. Using an opaque or overhead projector, project the map onto a wall surface that has been covered by a large piece of butcher or bulletin board paper. Demonstrate for the class how to outline the boundaries of a single community, and then how to trace the Lamprey River and its tributaries onto the butcher paper.
3. In turn, have each group trace the following onto the paper: its community boundary, where the Lamprey River flows through the community, and any tributaries or contributing water sources that flow through their assigned community to the Lamprey.
4. While each group works with the enlargement, other groups should review information they have learned about their communities through the video and decide how that information could be added to the large Lamprey River map being created. Students will find the list of resources noted in the appendix to be helpful.
5. After each working group has completed its segment, piece the segments together for a hallway or classroom display of the river. Students might wish to present the map and its progress to other classes.
6. Throughout the duration of the unit, students should continue to add information to the large map so that it becomes a visual memory of their study. Examples might include the location and names of dams, garrison houses, activities that occur or occurred along the river, sites of artifacts discovered or even a student's favorite swimming hole. Students should be encouraged to include both historical as well as current information. The more information added, the more exciting the river becomes to view and discuss. If possible, keep the video available for students to use throughout this portion of the project.