Streams and Rivers


All water on earth is connected to the ocean. Streams and river help to bring water, nutrients, and even animals back to the ocean!

Try it for yourself! Go on to google maps satellite view and find a stream or river in your neighbourhood. See if you can follow that waterway all the way to where it connects with the ocean.

Click on the picture to open up Google Maps for this activity


Using google maps satellite view, find a river in your neighbourhood. Follow that river on the map to see where it connects back to the ocean.

Once you have found where your river or stream meets the ocean - tag the starting point on the Rivers and Streams Map. You will find some examples on there already of major river systems and how they impact humans and animals alike.

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Learning Objectives

To see and understand how water on earth is connected to the ocean

GRADE: Intermediate, Secondary 

ALTERNATIVE: for Primary students, use physical maps OR have them draw a map and swap with each other to trace the rivers/streams (like designing your own maze)


7: Earth and its climate have changed over geological time

9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them 


Questioning and Predicting

  • Demonstrate Curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world 
  • Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions about the natural world
  • Make predictions about the findings of their inquiry

Processing and Analysing Data and Information

  • Experience and interpret the local environment 
  • Apply First Peoples perspective (how did first peoples use the rivers)
  • Seek patterns and connections 
  • Use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions 


  • Consider social, ethical and environmental implications of findings from their own and others investigations 
  • Demonstrate awareness of assumptions and bias in their own work 

Applying and Innovating 

  • Transfer and apply learning to new situations


  • Communicate ideas in various mediums, including digital technologies where appropriate
  • Express and reflect on a variety of experiences and perspectives of place


This activity can lead to a discussion about: 

  • First peoples historical knowledge of changes in biodiversity, and landscapes over time
  • Evidence of climate change of geological time and recent impacts on humans 
  • Survival Needs 
  • Water cycle 
  • Human and animal migration
  • Water conservation, water quality controversies. 

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