aka, “How to Use Rowboat Classroom free curriculum”
Welcome Teachers! We are excited that you and your students will be joining us on our expeditions, Adventure: Mississippi River (AMR) and Adventure: Columbia River (ACR). Here’s how it works: Once the expedition starts there are curricula that are aligned with the expedition timeline. For example, during any given week there is a module made up of lessons and activities that you can do with your students (see “Education Calendar“). The modules will be enhanced by the expedition narrative via blogging, photos, and video.
Additionally, there are multiple opportunities for you and your students to collaborate and interact with the expedition team (see “Collaboration Opportunities”). The AMR curriculum is a combination of three documents from national organizations that emphasize water issues, specifically with the Mississippi River, Columbia River, and their associated tributaries.
Depending on the grade level, teachers can use the age-appropriate curriculum that is aligned with the expedition. When you use the curriculum, share the experience via the online environment and one of the collaboration opportunities. By doing so, we will create a greater community of learners based on our Great River’s context.
Engaging Youth Outdoors
Engaging Youth Outdoors (Grades K-5) documents – created by the Izaak Walton League – give teachers information on how to engage young people with the environment and in the outdoors.
- Week 1 – Soil – Search for Soil Dwellers
- Week 1 – Soil – Reducing Soil Erosion
- Week 2 – Soil – How Soil Quality Affects Plant Growth
- Week 3 – Air – Flowers Pollinated by the Wind
- Week 3 – Air – Catching Air Pollution
- Week 4 – Air – Smell Walk
- Week 4 – Air – What is Air
- Week 4 – Air – Additional Learning Objectives and Activities
- Week 5 – Woods – To Make a Tree
- Week 5 – Woods – Leaf Matching
- Week 5 – Woods – Tree ID Relay
- Week 6 – Woods – Find Your Tree
- Week 6 – Woods – Tree ID Field Guide
- Week 6 – Woods – Additional Learning Objectives and Activities
- Week 7 – Waters – Fishing for Pond Creatures
- Week 7 – Waters – Stream Creature Construction
- Week 7 – Waters – Can You See Water Pollution
- Week 8 – Waters – Aquatic Animal Relay Race
- Week 8 – Waters – Aquatic Creature Field Guide
- Week 8 – Waters – Additional Learning Objectives and Activities
- Week 9 – Wildlife – Tracking Wildlife
- Week 9 – Wild Animal ID Game
- Week 10 – Wildlife – Predator and Prey
- Week 10 – Wildllife – Animal Actors
- Week 11 – Wildlife – Scavenger Hunt
- Week 12 – Wildlife – Additional Learning Objectives and Activities
ACE – Our Mississippi
Our Mississippi (Grades 5-6) document, created by the Army Corps of Engineers, gives teachers information on how to engage young people with the environment and in the outdoors.
- Full Curriculum PDF (quite large, may take a moment to load)
Holding Onto the Green Zone
Holding onto the Green Zone (Middle School level) is a joint project between the Bureau of Land Management and the University of Wisconsin-Extension that has been adopted by the Izaak Walton League program known as Creek Freaks. Holding onto the Green Zone is curriculum that supports students in the study and stewardship of community riparian areas.
- Week 1 – Finding the Riparian Zone
- Week 2 – Healthy or Not?
- Week 3 – Shaping the Riparian Zone
- Week 4 – Plant Power
- Week 5 – Soils
- Week 6 – Nutrients
- Week 7 – Erosion
- Week 8 – Indicators of Water Quality
- Week 9 – Wildlife
- Week 10 – Can you see water pollution?
- Week 11 – Watersheds
- Week 12 – Physical, Chemical, and Biological Monitoring