Science is a new way to teach middle
school science. It is an award-winning,
standards-based program in which
newsworthy events establish the relevance
of science topics; authentic tasks create
the need-to-know more about those topics;
and lively interviews, photographs, Web
pages, and inquiry-based science
activities create a desire to know more
about those topics.
river dynamics erosion meander oxbow lake
is an Event-Based Science module about
stream dynamics. It uses the Great Flood
of 1993 to establish the context for
exploring concepts related to streams and
their eroding force. The task in Flood! places students in the roles
of developers of River National Park.
Students will acquire then use their
knowledge of erosion and deposition, the
features of streams and rivers of
different ages, and map-reading skills to
design a new park. The park, along the St.
Joe River in Idaho, will demonstrate to
the lay-public the dynamic force of a wild
As with all Event-Based
Science modules, much of the information that
students need is provided in the pages of
Flood!. However, more information is needed.
Information about current floods will add to the
authenticity of your study. Information about the
area around the St. Joe will also add to the
authenticity of their products.
If you and your students are
looking for near-real-time streamflow data. you
will find it here. An interactive map of the United
States allows you to click on a state to study its
streams, then to click on a stream to see data
going back 20 years or more.
Below are some World-Wide Web
sites where additional information is available.
Click on the highlighted words and be linked with
Links to Flood!
related WEB Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working
on the day of the last update.)
Tsunami Warning Siren Kauai, HI
is hosted and maintained at the University of Washington
by the Department
of Earth and Space Sciences. The website is dedicated
to providing general information about tsunamis, their
causes and history as well as what to do in case of a
tsunami. Tsunami! is currently undergoing renovation.
Warning Center Check this NOAA website to see
current tsunami warnings if there are any. Information is
also available on all warnings posted during the last 30
1993 Midwest Floods
Images show flooding in the area
around St Louis, Missouri in July and August 1993. The
images were produced by the Institute for Technology
Development/Space Remote Sensing Center (ITD/SRSC). The
resolution is 100 meters/pixel. The broad blue areas,
derived from ERS-1 radar data, show the extent of the
flooding and are overlaid on an older SPOT image to
delineate the rivers under normal circumstances.
WarningsThis site posts all severe
weather warnings that are currently
in effect throughout the United
States. The page includes warnings
for flash floods and other types of
This USGS site has a map of the U.S.
that will give near-real-time
streamflow data. you will find it
here. An interactive map of the
United States allows you to click on
a state to study its streams, then
to click on a stream to see data
going back 20 years or
This link takes you directly to the
latest streamflow data for the St. Joe
River. It includes both historical and
BureauMaps and population information. At
this site you may search for
information about northern
This is a great site that allows students to
graph and download data from the World's Weather
Data Archive. As you work to complete the
Flood! task, you might want to plot real
weather data for Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. This site
will give you graphs of daily precipitation and
other weather measurements for Coeur D'Alene for
any year from January 1949, through November
1953. The year-to-year comparisons that an
analysis of these graphs will allow, will add
greatly to your understanding of seasonal
flooding, and will provide a nice historical
display for the Visitors Center in the National
Park you are designing.