Students ‘journey’ through Texas waterways

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 projects.

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 here.