My River Unit
Lessons on the River
Friends has many lesson plans to teach about the river, most developed in partnership with teachers. Integrate these lessons into your curriculum to contextualize and focus your students’ learning on a local natural resource. If you are a new teacher, Friends can assist you with an in-class presentation. You can even create your own river unit with these lessons by teaching them before and after a field trip. Find a lesson that fits your needs here.
Lessons are organized by subject and then by grade. If you don't see what you are looking for here, we might have something similar or we could work with you to create it. Contact our education staff for more information.
Times Have Changed (K-2)
I've Felt the Same Way (K-4)
The Chicago River's Journey Through Time (K-2)
Rivers through Time (3-4)
The History of Your Chicago River (3-8)
Backward Goes It Does (5-8)
Backward Goes It Does (9-12)
Getting a Sense of Time (7-8)
CSO, Oh NO! (4-12)
These handouts provide additional information for you and your students.
“Being a part of the Chicago River Schools Network has given me a fun, interactive way to teach students about their natural surroundings and to create projects that combine the arts and sciences.”