2nd Grade Arkansas

Our Relationship with Rivers

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of rivers. By investigating the compelling question “Is the relationship between people and rivers good or bad?” students evaluate the affect that people and rivers have on each other.  The formative performance tasks build on knowledge and skills through the course of the inquiry and help students understand how rivers and people affect each other.  Students create an evidence-based argument about the relationship between people and rivers.

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Compelling Question:

Is the relationship between people and rivers good or bad?

Staging the Question: Watch the video titled, “Why Care About Water?” https://tinyurl.com/why-care-about-water Time: 2:29
After students have viewed the video, ask, “Would you be willing to give up your favorite toy or video game in order to have clean water?”
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Supporting Question Where are rivers located in my community?

Formative Task Locate rivers in the community and list them on a class chart.

Sources Source A: Video
https://tinyurl.com/What-is-a-river Time: 1:51
Source B: Video
https://tinyurl.com/Exploring-Rivers Time: 5:30
Source C: Table Top Map
https://tinyurl.com/Arkansas-Rivers

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Supporting Question How are rivers alike and different?

Formative Task Complete a graphic organizer

Sources Source A: Website
https://tinyurl.com/Parts-of-Rivers
Source B: Website
http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/arkansas/ar-rivers-travel/
Source C: Website
https://tinyurl.com/Arkansas-Waterways-Map
Source D: Image bank - Arkansas Rivers provided

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Supporting Question How do people use rivers to meet their wants and needs?

Formative Task Illustrate four ways people use rivers to meet their wants and needs.

Sources Source A: Website
https://tinyurl.com/How-do-people-use-rivers
Source B: Website
https://tinyurl.com/Why-are-rivers-important
Source C: Book
Letting Swift River Go
https://tinyurl.com/Letting-Swift-River-Go

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Supporting Question How do people and rivers affect each other?

Formative Task Create a foldable listing the good and bad ways people and rivers affect each other.

Sources Source A: Website
https://tinyurl.com/Polluting-Our-Rivers
Source B: PowerPoint
https://tinyurl.com/How-rivers-affect-people
Source C: Book
A River Ran Wild
https://tinyurl.com/River-Ran-Wild-Environmental

Summative Performance Task

Argument: Is the relationship between people and rivers good or bad? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that address the compelling question of how people and rivers affect each other. Use specific claims and relevant evidence from informational texts in the argument.
Extension: Create interview questions about ways to use water resources to meet people’s wants and needs without harming the environment. Invite local elected officials to visit and view the class slideshow and engage in conversation about the factors that should be weighed when considering the relationship between people and rivers.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Identify the relationship between people and rivers
Assess: Write a paragraph that addresses the question of how people and rivers affect each other.
Act: Create one slide to contribute to a collaborative slideshow demonstrating the affect people and rivers have on each other. Share the slide show with school and community leaders.