We also went to the library and got out some books about rivers to help us with the vocabulary used in the lessons.
Once at the river we had to do some drawings and maps of the area.
|River map by R|
|Site view by L|
|Site view by R|
|Cross section by R - depicting the river in flood|
We used a tape measure to find the length of our section, and I showed the children how to use a clinometer to measure the steepness of each bank. We also took some photos up and down stream. All this involved wading through the freezing water.
|Children at work|
|Down stream view|
We also had to take note of the type of river bed, plants growing in the river, shape and erosion of the banks and any features of Aboriginal significance. Next time we will be testing the water quality and finding out what creatures live there.