Rivers of Life
Alignment with Education Standards

Each of the Projects in Rivers of Life has been aligned with both the National Education Standards and the Minnesota Preparatory Standards, Middle Level Grades. 

For additional information concerning the National Education Standards,
see http://putwest.boces.org/Standards.html
For additional information concerning the Minnesota Graduation Standards,
see http://children.state.mn.us

Table of Contents 
Preparation Activities 
Energy Odyssey 
The Steamer Trunk 
Rivers Through Time 
Chasing the Flood 

 
ACTIVITY
STANDARD #
DESCRIPTION
Preparation Activities 
Prep. Activity 1: 
Introducing You and Your Watershed 
1. Writing & Speaking 
7. People & Culture 
Write for a variety of academic and Technical Purposes 
Geography and Culture
Prep. Activity 2: 
Mapping Your Watershed 
9. Managing Resources 
5. Inquiry 
6. Science 
7. People & Cultures 
1. Read, View, & Listen
Technical Applications 

Earth Science 
Geography and Cultures 
Technical Reading

Energy Odyssey 
Activity l: 
What is Energy? 
2. Writing & Speaking 
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry 
6. Science
Writing 
Interpersonal Communication 
Direct Observation 
Physical Systems
Activity 2: 
Energy, Past and Present
1. Read, View, & Listen 
3. Arts
Non-Fiction 
Artistic Creativity and Performance
Activity 3: 
Mining for Chocolate Chips 
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry
Interpersonal Communication 
Direct Observation
Activity 4: 
The Petroleum Puzzle 
1. Read, View, & Listen 
1. Read, View, & Listen
Non-Fiction 
Technical Reading
Activity 5: 
Parabolic Solar Cooker
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry 
Interpersonal Communication 
Direct Observation
Activity 6: 
Tweety-Bird Turbine 
2. Writing & Speaking 
3. Arts
Interpersonal Communication 
Artistic Creativity and Performance
Activity 7: 
Energy for Life 
1. Read, View, & Listen 
2. Writing & Speaking 
3. Arts 
5. Inquiry
Non-fiction 
Interpersonal Communication 
Artistic Creativity and Performance 
Accessing Information
Activity 8: 
Conducting an Energy Audit 
5. Inquiry 
5. Inquiry 
9. Managing Resources 
9. Managing Resources 
Direct Observation 
Accessing Information 
Informed Consumerism 
Technical Application
Activity 9: 
A Contract to Save Energy 
2. Writing & Speaking 
9. Managing Resources
Writing 
Personal Resources
Activity 10: 
Energy Story 
2. Writing & Speaking 
2. Writing & Speaking
Interpersonal Communication 
Writing
Activity 11: 
Map Your Watershed's Energy 
5. Inquiry 
6. Sciences 
9. Managing Resources
Accessing Information 
Earth Systems 
Technical Application
Activity 12: 
Energy Action Plan 
1. Read, View, & Listen 
1. Read, View, & Listen 
5. Inquiry
Non-fiction 
Technical Reading 
Accessing Information
The Steamer Trunk 
Activity 1: 
An Introduction to Culture Boxes 
2. Writing & Speaking 
3. Arts 
Interpersonal Communications 
Artistic Interpretation
Activity 2: 
Student Culture Boxes
2. Writing & Speaking 
3. Arts 
5. Inquiry 
Interpersonal Communications 
Artistic Creativity and Performance 
Direct Observation
Activity 3: 
Planning the Steamer Trunk
1. Read, View, & Listen 
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry 
6. Sciences 
6. Sciences 
7. People & Cultures 
Non-Fiction 
Interpersonal Communication 
Direct Observation 
Living Systems 
Earth Systems 
Geography and Culture
Activity 4: 
Creating the Classroom Steamer Trunk
2. Writing & Speaking 
3. Arts 
5. Inquiry 
9. Managing Resources 
9. Managing Resources 
Interpersonal Communication 
Artistic Creativity and Performance 
Accessing Information 
Group Resources 
Technical Applications
Activity 5: 
The Great Trunk Exchange
9. Managing Resources Group Resources
Activity 6: 
Assessing the Evidence
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry 
9. Managing Resources
Interpersonal Communication 
Direct Observation 
Technical Applications
Activity 7: 
Keepers of the Waters Public Art Project 
3. Arts 
3. Art 
5. Inquiry 
5. Inquiry 
6. Science 
6. Science 
7. People & Cultures
Artistic Creativity and Performance 
Artistic Interpretation 
Direct Observations 
Accessing Information 
Earth Systems 
Living Systems 
Geography and Culture
Rivers Through Time 
Activity 1: 
Mapping the Past 
5. Inquiry 
7. People & Cultures 
9. Managing Resources
Accessing Information 
Geography and Culture 
Technical Applications
Activity 2: 
On-going Artistic & Literary Expressions
3. Arts 
7. People & Cultures
Artistic Creativity and Expression 
Geography and Culture
Activity 3: 
Stratigraphy and Cross-Dating
5. Inquiry Accessing Information
Activity 4: 
Artifact Classification 
5. Inquiry 
7. People & Cultures
Direct Observation 
Geography and Cultures
Activity 5: 
It's in the Garbage 
2. Writing and Speaking 
5. Inquiry 
5. Inquiry 
6. Sciences 
7. People & Cultures 
7. People & Cultures
Interpersonal Communication 
Accessing Information 
Direct Observation 
Living Systems 
Geography and Cultures 
Current Issue Analysis
Activity 6: 
Post Cards from the Past 
2. Writing & Speaking 
3. Arts 
Writing 
Artistic Interpretation
Activity 7: 
Steam Reconnaissance 
5. Inquiry  Direct Observation
Activity 8: 
A Walk on the Wild Side
1. Read, View, & Listen 
5. Inquiry
Non-Fiction 
Direct Observation
Activity 9: 
Conducting your Clean Up 
5. Inquiry 
5. Inquiry
Direct Observation 
Controlled Experiment
Activity 10: 
The Junk Detectives 
5. Inquiry 
7. People & Cultures
Direct Observation 
Geography and Culture
Activity 11: 
Junk that Imitates Art 
2. Writing & Speaking 
3. Arts
Interpersonal Communications 
Artistic Creativity and Performance
Chasing the Flood 
Activity 1: 
Assembling the Equipment 
5. Inquiry 
5. Inquiry 
Direct Observation 
Accessing Information
Activity 2: 
Locating Your Weather Station
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry
Interpersonal Communication 
Accessing Information
Activity 3: 
Taking Measurements 
4. Mathematics 
5. Inquiry
Shape, Space, and Measurement 
Direct Observation
Activity 4: 
Submitting Your Data 
4. Mathematics 
9. Managing Resources
Number Sense 
Technology Applications
Activity 5: 
Connecting Precipitation, Snow Data & River Levels
1. Read, View, & Listen 
4. Mathematics 
6. Sciences 
9. Managing Resources
Technical Reading 
Number Sense 
Physical Systems 
Technology Applications
Activity 6: 
Flood Mapping
1. Read, View, & Listen 
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry 
6. Science
Non-fiction 
Interpersonal Communication 
Direct Observation 
Living Systems
Activity 7: 
Flood Scrapbook 
5. Inquiry  Accessing Information
Activity 8: 
Urbanization and Runoff
3. Art 
5. Inquiry
Artistic Creativity and Performance 
Direct Observation
Activity 9: 
The Erosion Equation 
5. Inquiry Direct Observation
Activity 10: 
Where Does the Water Go? 
1. Read, View, & Listen 
2. Writing & Speaking
Technical Reading 
Interpersonal Communication
Activity 11: 
What's a Wetland Worth?
2. Writing & Speaking 
5. Inquiry
Interpersonal Communication 
Direct Observation
Activity 12: 
Where are the Wetlands?
6. Science 
7. People & Cultures 
Living Systems 
Geography and Culture
Activity 13: 
A River Dammed 
1. Read, View, & Listen 
2. Writing & Speaking
Non-fiction 
Writing

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