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 flash flood
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 river.
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.
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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.
some World-Wide Web sites where additional information is available.
Click on the highlighted words and be linked with helpful sites.
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.
Pacific Tsunami 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 days.
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.
Current Flood 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 floods.
Water Data 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
St. Joe River Data This link takes you
directly to the latest streamflow data for the St. Joe River. It
includes both historical and current data.
U.S. Census BureauMaps and
population information. At this site you may search for information
about northern Idaho.
NCDC Climate Visualization 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.