Lesson: Exploring channel change using historic maps and field investigations

Author: Wendy Bigler

Area: Earth Space Sciences

Grade Level: 6-12


Using historic maps, students will map historic flood-induced channel change in the Gila River, predict where traces of this change may remain on the landscape, and
test their hypotheses through field investigations.


National Science Standards:

A: Science as Inquiry

• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understandings about scientific inquiry

D: Earth and Space Science

• Energy in the Earth system
• Origin and evolution of the Earth system
G: History and Nature of Science:
• Science as a human endeavor
• Nature of scientific knowledge
• Historical perspectives



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