Sunday, July 19, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Can you help us please!

This term there's two projects that were involved with that we'd like some assistance with. Firstly Room 8 is studying the Waikato River for our main topic. We're comparing the Waikato River (its the biggest River in New Zealand, our longest and widest) to other rivers around the world. If you'd be able to spend a little bit of time leaving us a comment about maybe a local river near you or your school or a river of importance to your country so we could compare them with the Waikato River that would be wonderful... just leave us a comment to one of our river posts!

Room 7 (Who Mr Webb works with on Tuesday/Wednesdays) are taking part in the Economics Unit of Work. The students have to create a product to sell to other students... we're looking for idea's for things to produce or services to offer... if you've got any great idea's we'd really appreciate it!


  1. I was lucky enough to grow up on the White River of Arkansas. The White river runs through the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri and is a contributor of the mighty Mississippi River.

    This river was particular important to the community that I grew up in because it attached tourism to our small community. The white river is well known for it's trout fishing and boating.

    It is also important because of it's contributiion to the Mississippi which is vital to the Delta and Midwest regions of the US.

  2. The River Severn is the longest UK river. It starts in Wales and ends in England. We have photos of its journey on our website

    The River Thames is the longest and most important river in England. It flows through London.

    M Barrow from the south east corner of England

  3. Dear Room 8,

    Even though I live in California, every summer I travel to Minnesota which has the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the second longest river in the United States. Its source is Lake Itasca, and it flows 2,320 miles (3,734 km) to the mouth of the river at the Gulf of Mexico. The longest river in the U.S. is the Missouri River (2,540 miles/4,090 km) and it is a tributary of the Mississippi. These two rivers form the Missouri-Mississippi river system.

    The place where the river begins is quite small…more like a little brook. It is surprising to think that it becomes the mighty Mississippi! The river has 43 dams. Some are for recreation and some are for power generation.

    I like the Mississippi River because it forms many state borders and is easy to find on a map.

    Mrs. Yollis
    California, USA

  4. Noel Missouri sits on the Elk River which finds its way to Grand Lake in Oklahoma. It holds the dubious distinction of the only known body of water that has caused an e coli infection in an open sore. Our school has a stream team that floats the river ever year picking up trash left behind by flooding and people using the river. You can find more about the Missouri Stream Team by googleing.

    The history of the western United States begins with the Mississippi River. It was a major system of transportation for thousands of years. It flows all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and is the reason New Orleans was so important in early US history. The Missouri River meets the Mississippi at St. Louis Missouri which made it the important city it is. St. Louis was the embarkation point for the Corps of Discovery (better known as the Louis and Clarke expedition.) You can learn more about it using google as well.

    In case you are interested our fourth grade studies the Corps of Discovery and learns about river biomes. Maybe later in the year we can hook the classes up to share notes.

  5. Thank you all so much for your comments, were creating a section of the class wall for them all and the students of Room 8 are thrilled.

  6. We will be replying individually to each of you at length on your class sites/blogs so we do appreciate the comments! Looking forward to connecting with your sites once your holidays end and thank you once again.

  7. We will be replying individually to each of you at length on your class sites/blogs so we do appreciate the comments! Looking forward to connecting with your sites once your holidays end and thank you once again.

  8. Dear Jamie from Melville Room 8,

    Thank you for visiting our website. I enjoyed visiting your class site and leaving some information to help your class learn about important rivers.

    Yes, the state of Minnesota is a beautiful place with many lakes, one of which is where the Mississippi River begins. In fact, Minnesota has so many lakes, its nickname is "Land of 10,000 Lakes". I will be there on vacation this summer and perhaps I'll drive up to Lake Itasca again!

    You ask me what a brook is. A brook a small stream or narrow river.

    I just got back from a trip to the Arctic Circle in Alaska. While I was there I went fishing on a beautiful, clear river called the Kobuk River. It was about 280 miles long (451 km) and meandered in a westward direction toward the Arctic Ocean. There were many oxbow bends on the river. Oxbow bends are U-shaped bends in a river. We caught several sheefish and Arctic graylings.

    Keep up the great work in school!

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Yollis

  9. Well, I just typed a long comment and lost it. It is late here in Canada so I'll be short this time. But I wanted to mention the Ottawa River. It is a boarder between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, it was used as a major highway during the logging years to get wood to the mills, it provided many sources for hydroelectric power generation, and it leads to the St. Lawrence river.

    But most importantly, it is a world class white water kayaking site. Google "Ottawa River Kayaking" and see why people from all over the world come to kayak here and go rafting. It is a major source of tourism dollars for the area.

    Good luck with the projects.

    Mr. Sparks rps110.blogspot

  10. Dear Jamie,

    I wrote about the Kobuk River in the comments above and mentioned that I caught sheefish in that river. You asked me what a sheefish was...

    Here is a link to my class website. I just wrote a post about my trip to the
    Arctic Circle
    and I included two pictures of sheefish.

    I hope you enjoy the post!

    Mrs. Yollis