As well as providing habitats for animals and plants, rivers are also used by humans for leisure activities such as boating and fishing. They can even provide us with electricity!
Teach your children about the rivers using our handy topic guide!
- Ask your children to match these River Vocabulary Cards and their definitions.
- Challenge your class to find the longest rivers on this world map.
- This journey of a river lesson plan is part of a scheme of work from the Royal Geographical Society.
- Identify a local river and use Google Earth to trace it from its source to its mouth. What route does it take? Does it join other rivers on the way?
- Make a list of ways in which rivers are important to humans, plants and animals.
- Use our River Features Poster as an example for the children to draw and label the features of a river.
- Explore the Rivers of India on Google Earth.
- The Rivers Pack includes a guide, resources and display materials for teaching this popular topic.
Rivers Knowledge Organiser
Members of Teaching Packs can download a comprehensive knowledge organiser to accompany this topic. It includes key information that your children can use for reference and research, along with labelled diagrams and a glossary of useful terms.
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- The world’s longest river is the Nile, which flows through Africa for about 4,132 miles (6.650 km).
- Rivers always run downhill, from the source (the start of the river) to the mouth, where the river empties into another body of water.
- The earth to each side of a river is known as the bank.
- The River Danube flows through four European capital cities; Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary) and Belgrade (Serbia).
- Valleys and canyons are caused by rivers eroding (gradually moving) soil.
The Water Cycle
This video clearly explains the water cycle.
Running time: 1:36
This BBC Teach video follows the journey of a river from its source to its mouth.
Running time: 2:11
The River Thames
This video is a good introduction to the River Thames for younger children.
Running time: 1:49
Make Your Own Erosion!
Explore how water can change the landscape with this simple experiment.
Running time: 3:49
Watch An Oxbow Lake Form
This short animation is a great example of how rivers change their course over time.
Running time: 1:15
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