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Ch 9: Running Water Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Running Water chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach stream valley and channel formation in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Running Water chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Drainage basins Runoff, drainage divides and the development of river systems
Tuesday Erosion and deposition Effects of mechanical and chemical weathering, types of erosion and deposition
Wednesday Landform diagrams Uniformitarianism, the law of original horizontality and the law of superposition, crosscutting relations and unconformities
Thursday Streams Stages in stream valley formation, ultimate and local base levels, characteristics of laminar and turbulent streamflows
Friday Bedrock and alluvial channels Stream power, the abrasion and plucking processes of bedrock channel formation, characteristics of meandering and braided channels

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: Running Water Lesson Plans
Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics

1. Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics

Do you know where the water in your area flows? In this lesson, we will explore the system of drainage basins and how they help develop river systems. We will also investigate some extreme examples of drainage basins.

Laminar & Turbulent Streamflows

2. Laminar & Turbulent Streamflows

Streams come in many different shapes and sizes. They can also vary in speed and direction of flow. In this lesson, we will explore two different ways that water can flow through a stream.

Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

3. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.

How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape

4. How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape

This lesson describes what a landform diagram is. We'll also discuss some basic laws of geology that can help scientists deduce both the order of events that create a landform and the geologic events that occur after a landform's formation.

The Formation of Stream Valleys

5. The Formation of Stream Valleys

Running water is very powerful and has the ability to change the land around it. In this lesson, we will explore the creation of stream valleys and how they are shaped by the water that runs through them.

Base Level of a Stream: Definition & Effect on Erosion

6. Base Level of a Stream: Definition & Effect on Erosion

Water stops flowing when it reaches its lowest level; this is called the base level. Learn about the base level of a stream, how it affects erosion, and some examples of local base levels, including lakes, dams and waterfalls.

Bedrock Channels: Formation & Process

7. Bedrock Channels: Formation & Process

Bedrock channels are eroded paths cut through solid rock foundations known as bedrock. Learn about bedrock channels and the processes that form them, including abrasion and plucking.

Alluvial Channels: Definition & Types

8. Alluvial Channels: Definition & Types

An alluvial channel is a water channel made up of loose sediments called alluvium. Learn about the types of alluvial channels, meandering channels and braided channels, and the characteristics that make them unique in this lesson.

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