Part of the Waters to the Sea Series.
Waters to the Sea tells the story of how humans have lived along the upper reaches of America's greatest river. The CD ROM's interactive multimedia experience is divided into several introductory segments and three virtual river journeys. The introductory segments provide background information on ecology, watersheds and the water cycle, and water quality testing. The three river journeys that make up the heart of the program travel along three different waterways: the Headwaters section of the Mississippi, the Minnesota River, and Minnehaha Creek. Each journey passes through time as well as space, chronicling land-use history from pre-European settlement up to the present. Virtual river journeys, led by historic guides, take you from prehistoric times up to the present. Videos, QuickTime VR movies, and engaging multimedia activities examine a variety of land-use themes in each watershed. Visits to a virtual water quality lab correlate land uses with water quality.
Geared to grades 5-8, the visualizations, interactive elements and videos help teachers to convey concepts presented in the program.
The Teacher Study Guide provides background information, key concepts, vocabulary and related activities.
Also available for loan through the Mississippi River and Recreation Area.