Research the major rivers in the United States with a brochure project.
Learn About the Major U.S. Rivers!
Brochures, tri-folds, and other foldables are excellent ways for students to demonstrate their writing, reading, and vocabulary skills in a fun, exciting way. It adds interest to research projects and gets students interested in gathering information about a particular topic. If you’re looking for creative ideas for ways to teach your class about the major rivers in the United States, this is the place!
Students will use geography books, maps, and websites to research and gather information about different rivers in the United States. Once their research is complete, they will use this template to create an informational brochure highlighting their learning.
Through this activity, students can research, define, and describe the major rivers in the United States of America. Essential questions covered in this project are:
- Where did the __________ River get its name?
- Why is the __________ River important to the U.S.?
- What is the ____________ River used for?
- How do I locate the major rivers of the United States on a map?
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Social Studies lessons.
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
Some ideas to help struggling students are
- Curate a list of kid-friendly geography websites to use for their research.
- Gather informational books at lower reading levels to use for their research. Check out this blog post for ways to build your library!
- Additionally, provide access to previous assignments, posters, and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
- Challenge your fast finishers to create posters highlighting each river.
- Provide students with an enrichment opportunity from our U.S. Geography Collection.
Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies!
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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