Lesson Plans - River Life
In this lesson students will
- Discuss the importance of natural features in traditional lifestyles
- Understand how natural features are important to humans in any society
1. Explain to students that the river was one of, if not the most, important feature in the lives of the Northern Tutchone people. Brainstorm with students as to what kinds of things the river provided for the First Nations. Guide their answers towards food, water, habitat for land animals, travel route.
2. Discuss with students what might have happened to the people depending on the river if it had become extremely polluted, or if it became diverted on another course, or not functional anymore.
3. Remind students that because there were no roads, the river was the main route of travel. Discuss the traditional boats made by the Forst Nations, and tell students about the sternwheelers that travelled the river, connecting the people in the remote north to the outside world.
4. In groups or individually, have students pick a natural feature in their community that is important to their lives, and ask them to explain why it is important and what kinds of activities they can enjoy regarding their choice.
Have students research and discuss the importance of freshwater lakes and river systems, wetlands and groundwater reservoirs, not only for wildlife but humans. Discuss with them the direct and indirect benefits we reap from the freshwater of the world. Explain the dangers of global warming, mass pollution and deforestation in terms of the water balance, and help students understand how they can modify their lifestyles to help amend these problems.