4 Activities for World Rivers Day

Every year, on the Fourth Sunday of September, we celebrate the world’s waterways. Our rivers have great value, and this is a day to remind us of the importance of our rivers and the threats that they face. Raising public awareness about such topics allows more people to become stewards of rivers all around the world. 

In honor of World Rivers Day, here are four Project WET activities (found in our Guide 2.0 curriculum) that you can use to teach your students about our rivers!

  1. Sum of the Parts
    Sum of the Parts gets students to demonstrate how everyone contributes to pollution of a river as it flows through a watershed. They will learn that through both individual and collaborative group action, pollution can be reduced. This activity works best for grades 3-8. (This activity is also available for the 50th anniversary for the Clean Water Act!)
  2. Water Crossings
    In Water Crossings activity, students participate in a watercrossing contest in which they must move their possessions (a hard-boiled egg) across a span of water (a cake pan). This activity demonstrates to students the influence of water-crossing on settlement patterns and the water-related transportation issues people experienced. This activity can be adapted for grades 3-12.
  3. River Talk
    Students analyze analogies of common things to learn about watersheds in our River Talk activity. Students will identify parts and functions of a watershed, define watershed terms, describe their local watershed, and describe a watershed using analogies. Perfect for both environmental science and language arts subjects, this activity works best for middle and high school students. 
  4. Blue River
    In Blue River, students participate in a whole-body exercise to simulate the movement of water through a river and its watershed. Students will be able to describe the major components of a watershed and compare and contrast the amount of water flowing through a river and its watershed based on climate (seasonal variations) and weather (precipitation). They will culminate the lesson by creating a hydrograph. This activity is adaptable for many grade levels, from grade 2-12. 

All of these activities can be found in our Project WET 2.0 Curriculum & Activity Guide. Contact your local coordinator if you’re interested in receiving this book!


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