Finding innovative ways to help children
learn is always a high priority for Texas' teachers. With water supply in the state quickly
becoming more precious than the oil that once made our population boom, teaching our young people
about Texas' water is more important than ever.
The Brazos River Authority is helping teachers
provide a fun, insightful way for children to learn about Texas' lakes, rivers and aquifers by seeing
them through the eyes of Major Rivers, a down-home Texas soldier traveling through the state on his
faithful steed, Aquifer.
The Major Rivers water education program is a
curriculum designed to teach 4th and 5th grade students about the importance of Texas' major water
resources. The program, hosted by animated fictional characters, includes lessons and a review focusing
on the water cycle, water supply and planning, watersheds and river basins, and many other topics on
how water affects the state. Activities in the lessons incorporate subjects such as science,
math, language arts and social studies through hands-on activities and fun, easy to understand
The Brazos River Authority has sponsored and supplied the Major Rivers program packages
free-of-charge to schools within the Brazos River basin since the early 1990s. Now, the
Major Rivers Program is now accessible for free online and available for download! The
downloadable packages include a teaching guide, student workbooks, home information
leaflets and more. There are seven main lessons and one review lesson.
Major Rivers is correlated to the TEKS and STARR objectives.
For more information about the program and to download all its materials, click