River Wild: An Activity Guide to North American Rivers

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Kids will delight in learning about the formation of rivers, the water cycle, and the variety of habitats that exist along the length of a river in this introduction to the precious natural resource of rivers. All major rivers that run through the United States, Canada, and Mexico are discussed in regional chapters, including the Chattahoochee, Colorado, Columbia, Hudson, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Rio Grande, and St. Lawrence Rivers as well as many others. Kids will discover how rivers have shaped our history ...

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Overview

Kids will delight in learning about the formation of rivers, the water cycle, and the variety of habitats that exist along the length of a river in this introduction to the precious natural resource of rivers. All major rivers that run through the United States, Canada, and Mexico are discussed in regional chapters, including the Chattahoochee, Colorado, Columbia, Hudson, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Rio Grande, and St. Lawrence Rivers as well as many others. Kids will discover how rivers have shaped our history and learn of the issues that are currently facing these important waterways. More than 30 fun-filled activities including "Build Your Own Dam," "Huckleberry Finn Log Raft," "Salmon Trap Game," and "Settling Sediment" are provided. Sidebars on river keepers around the country, and a complete resource section listing books, videos, and websites complete this activity guide.

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It is obvious that the author of this book is passionate about the importance of rivers. She shares with the reader her joy about the beauty and overwhelming number of rivers in North America. This activity guide starts out with an evaporation experiment to help children understand the idea of the water cycle. The technical terms headwater, precipitation, condensation, evaporation, amphibian, watershed, and river keepers are in italics and are explained within the text as well as in the glossary. Throughout the rest of the book, the chapters are divided into the main geographical areas: western rivers, northwestern rivers, Mexico and the southwestern rivers, Midwestern rivers, southeastern rivers, northeastern rivers, and northern rivers. In each of these regions, the author shows interesting characteristics of the rivers and gives the reader a chance to experiment and explore using clever projects. In the western rivers chapter, readers can try a salt water experiment, build their own dam, and try to pan for gold. At the same time, they are learning about the Colorado River, the Sacramento River, and the San Joaquin River. In the northeastern rivers chapter, readers can try a nature painting, play a "Solve the Spill" game, check out cattails, and learn to hunt for fossils. At the same time, they are learning more about the Hudson River, the Delaware River, the Connecticut River, and the Kennebec River. Each river featured in this book has a few pages devoted to its history and includes a fact box of statistical information, including its major tributaries, a list of cities served by the town, and its watershed area. The black-and-white wash illustrations, charts, diagrams, and maps areclear and legible. The back matter is an extensive resource and contains a bibliography, a list of Web sites, a selection of video/DVD resources, a list of river keepers and other watershed organizations listed by state, a list of places to visit organized by state, a monthly calendar of events, a glossary, an index, and list of Nancy Castaldo's other titles. This book is part of Chicago Review Press' series of activity guides about the natural world. This series includes the titles Deserts: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9, Oceans: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9, Rainforests: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9, and River Wild: An Activity Guide to North American Rivers. 2006, Chicago Review Press, Ages 7 to 12.
—Sally J. K. Davies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525858
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy F. Castaldo is a former enviromental educator and the author of many notable nature books for children, including Deserts, Oceans, Rainforests, Rainy Day Play, Sunny Days and Starry Nights, and Winter Day Play.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1 The River Highway 1
Got River? 2
Evaporation Experiment 4
Create Your Own River 7
Temperature Testing 8
Clear or Cloudy? 10
Settling Sediment 11
2 Ride the Rapids of the Western Rivers 15
The Colorado River 16
Salty Water Experiment 19
Build Your Own Dam 22
The Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers 24
Pan for Gold 26
Color It Gold 27
3 The Great Rivers of the Northwest 31
Salmon Trap Game 32
The Columbia River 33
The Yellowstone River 36
Fly-Fishing Fun 37
Fry Bread 38
The Yukon River 39
Salmon Survivor 40
The Snake River 42
4 Rivers of the Southwest and Mexico 43
The Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, River 44
Mountain Lion Survival Shuffle 46
Dig in a Box 48
Learn a Little Spanish 49
The Brazos River 50
Measure Up to an Alligator 52
Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly 52
The Gila River 53
Make a Rain Gauge 54
Make a Community Seal 55
The Trinity River 56
5 Life on the Mississippi, Missouri, and Other Midwest Rivers 59
Huckleberry Finn Log Raft 61
Wetlands Rule! 62
Mississippi Mud Pie 64
Flyway Passport 65
Examine a Mussel 68
Lucky Lewis and Clark Journal 72
6 "Shoot the Hooch" and Other Fun on Southeastern Rivers 75
Bottled Sunshine Punch 76
Be a Detective 77
The James River 78
The Chesapeake Bay 80
The Potomac River 81
The Susquehanna River 82
Brackish Water Experiment 83
The Tennessee River 84
The Chattahoochee River 85
"Shoot the Hooch" 88
7 Rivers of the Northeast 91
The Hudson River 92
Painting Nature 94
The Delaware River 97
Solve the Spill 98
The Connecticut River 99
Fossils and Footprints 101
The Kennebec River 102
Check Out Cattails 102
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! 105
8 To the North 109
The St. Lawrence River 110
Turning Lemons into Lemonade 110
River of Lemonade 112
Purposeful Pelts 113
The Mackenzie River 114
Fascinating Feathers 116
The Ottawa River 118
White-Water Riverscape 118
Resources 123
Books, Videos, and Web Sites 124
Riverkeepers and Other Waterkeepers 128
Places to Visit 138
Organizations 140
Calendar of Events 141
Glossary 143
Index 144
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