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Grade: 3rd Grade
Class: Social Studies
Author: Sarah Bencze
Tupper Lake Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
Social Studies:
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Keywords: rivers
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How does a river in the Adirondacks compare with a river on a different continent?

Teacher needs to develop a list of 12 curriculum appropriate questions for their students to use in the interview process.

The Challenge:

In groups of 4, "interview" a river in the Adirondacks near your school district. Research using resources provided (including internet).

Choose (or assign) a river on another continent and "interview" that river:

Murray-Darling- Australia


Amazon-Parana-Orinoco-South America



Each  member of the group will orally answer 3 of the questions for each river and provide a graphic  (computer or hand drawn) to supplement answer.  Students should be creative in their sharing of the interview. At the end of the interview, the group will share a complete picture of the river from source to mouth, highlighting the major questions used in the interview.   The interview should be concluded by a comparison/contrast of lifestyles on the two rivers.   

Suggested Books:

  • Sacred River-T.Lewin
  • LIving By A River-Alan Fowler
  • Amazon-Jan Reynolds
  • The River-Thomas Locker
  • The Nile River-Alan Fowler
  • Dangerous Falls Ahead-Liza Frenette
  • Hudson River-Peter Lourie

Produced at the 2008 Adirondack Geography Institute

Quality Standards:
  • All interview questions are answered correctly
  • Each member of the group orally answers 3 questions and supplements each answer with a graphic
  • Oral answers are articulated clearly and easy to understand
  • Group displays map of river in conclusion of interview and highlights major points.
  • Interview is creative
  • Interview is concluded  by comparing/contrasting lifestyles of the people living along the two rivers chosen
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Complete map of each river from source to mouth


Each interview question is answered correcty and is articulated correctly and easy to understand


Each interview question is supplemented with a graphic and/or specific example


Major points of river are highlighted in conclusion


One river is from the Adirondacks and one river is from another continent


Interview is concluded by comparing/contrasting lifestyles among people on the two rivers chosen


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