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Book 1: Waterways: How Rivers and Streams Work

Levels: 2-3
Contextual strands: Planet Earth and beyond icon. Planet Earth and beyond


Waterways offer us good examples of how the surface of planet Earth has been, and is being, shaped and changed. New Zealand, with its rugged landscape and rainy climate, shows plenty of evidence of the part water plays in the processes that shape our environment.

Rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries are all or partly familiar to most New Zealand students, and nearly all schools have access to some kind of waterway. In addition, dramatic demonstrations of the shaping processes, such as violent weather events and flooding, happen relatively often, and such disasters are given nationwide news coverage.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Waterways: How Rivers and Streams Work.

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Assessment resources

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