Great Rivers of Great Civilizations

Lesson Plan Content
Early civilizations were highly dependent on nearby water sources. It was the river or well that gave humans the water for farming and allowed sustainable growth of population. Students should realize how geographic location can foster human settlement. In this lesson, students will complete an activity highlighting the location of four ancient river systems: the Nile River, the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, the Indus River and the Huang He River. This lesson contains adaptations for diverse learners (ELLs).
Diana Lee Strouth
Grade Range: 
1-2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Materials to Assist Teachers and English Language Learners: 
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
4: The physical and human characteristics of places
12: The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement
14: How human actions modify the physical environment
15: How physical systems affect human systems