You probably have not noticed a small addition of dirt and sand on your right while in car line for the main building. This stealthy little pile, camouflaged by the other dirt and rocks, has assumed a grander purpose as a model of a river.The work of water is an important part of the Elementary geography material that we introduced with a concrete model of a river.

The work of water is an important part of the Elementary geography material that we introduced with a concrete model of a river. Using pitchers and water bottles, we poured water at the top of the little hill and watched as the river did its work carving, carrying, and depositing material further downstream. We then labeled the parts of the river including the source, the banks, and the river delta that is formed. After receiving the first presentation from me, the children were free to practice this work with Sra. Martha. Sra. Martha then had the opportunity to engage the students with geography vocabulary in Spanish.

Tying into this work, our Lower Elementary students visited Oregon Ridge this week to explore streams and see some of the wildlife that live there, bringing the lesson to life.