Lesson 1 (from Atchafalaya)
The rivers in Louisiana form the land over many centuries, giving the region its characteristic swamps and bayous. The objective of this lesson is to understand how nature has worked for hundreds of years in the vicinity of the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers.
1. Class Discussion: Where is the Atchafalaya River? Where is it located in relation to the Mississippi River? What rivers feed into the Mississippi? Where do the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers flow to? Over many centuries, how are bayous and natural levees formed by the rivers of Louisiana?
2. Written Assignment: Describe how overflowing riverbanks in the region now known as Louisiana built the surrounding land. In your description, include a discussion on silt and sand deposits and on river shifts.
3. Small Group Activity: With your group, put together a diagram, an illustration, a series of drawings, or a three-dimensional visual that shows...
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