A river puzzle!
Every river has a beginning and an end, but a lot of different things can go on in between!
The things we do in a watershed—the area drained by a river—can affect the
health of rivers.
- Print this page. Then cut out the puzzle pieces or ask a grownup for help.
- Put the SOURCE piece (the beginning of a river) near the top of a big sheet of construction
paper and the Mouth piece (a river's end) near the bottom.
- Sort the other pieces into categories: nature, urban, agricultural, industry, recreation,
How to plan your river
Consider how each activity or use along a river could affect people, animals, and plants
downstream (in the direction of, or closer to, the mouth). Ask yourself:
- What are some ways that people use rivers?
- What can happen to a river when a factory is nearby?
- What can happen when a town is close to a river?
- Where along a river would water be clean for swimming or fishing?
- Could building a dam change a watershed?
- Does farming affect the water in a river?
Move the puzzle pieces around until you're satisfied, then tape your river to the construction
Make a special river
Be creative! Use puzzle pieces to make a model of a river in your state. Collect pictures
from magazines and make your own puzzle pieces.
Geography Action! Rivers 2001! is an educational outreach program of the National
Geographic Society in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and The Conservation Fund. © 2001
National Geographic Society.
A river puzzle! (Adobe PDF document)