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Did you know that the largest waterfall in the world is underwater? Students learn more about the Earth’s waterfalls and create a model of falling water plunging into a pool.
When investigating the world's landforms, encourage students to find information about waterfalls located around the globe. Students identify the world’s highest waterfall, the largest waterfall, and unusual waterfalls. Look closely at pictures of waterfalls. Study diagrams of waterfall formations, so as to develop an understanding of the geographical terms and the way waterfalls develop.
Students, working individually or in collaborative groups, choose a waterfall to create in 3-D. After covering work areas with recycled newspaper, crush small recycled boxes to make rocks to support your waterfall. Pile up and glue boxes together using Crayola® School Glue. Air-dry, using a heavy object to hold rocks in place if needed.
Mix white and black Crayola Tempera to color rocks. Paint rocks with Crayola Paint Brushes. Air-dry.
To make cascading water, suggest students use green, blue, white, and purple Crayola Gel Markers. Color stripes of varying widths on white or light blue construction paper. Encourage experimenting with layering and overlapping colors. Tear into thin strips. Arrange and glue some strips so they fall like shimmering water over the rocks. Air-dry.
Students glue their waterfalls to a corrugated cardboard base. Air-dry.
To make a plunge pool, students glue leftover paper strips to cover cardboard base. Mix equal parts of glue and water to make a shiny glaze. Brush over the strips forming the waterfall and the plunge pool (but not the rocks).
To make the foam at the base of your waterfall, children can tear white Hallmark tissue paper into thin strips. Gently crumple. Glue along the base until the entire waterfall base is foamy. Air-dry.
On oaktag, students use Crayola Washable Markers to create additional features such as trees and bushes for their waterfalls. Cut features out with Crayola Scissors and glue in place.
Label waterfall projects with names, the river it is on, and the country/countries and continent in which it is located.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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