Major Rivers A Texas Specific Water Education Program
The Major Rivers program is an excellent way for Texas water providers to do cost-effective water education outreach in their communities with a program that has a proven track record of acceptance by Texas educators.
Major Rivers and his horse Aquifer will make learning all about water in Texas irresistibly fun. Major Rivers is a water education curriculum designed to teach students about Texas' major water resources, how water is treated and delivered to their homes and schools, how to care for their water resources, and how to use them wisely. The program's host, Major Rivers (named for the major rivers of Texas), and his horse Aquifer cover these topics in eight lessons that include a variety of activities in science, math, language arts, social studies and other subjects.
What is in the Major Rivers Program?
Orders for the 2014/2015 school year for the Major Rivers program will be accepted beginning September 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015.
The Major Rivers educational program includes a teacher's guide, an introductory DVD video, Teacher Resource CD-ROM, student worksheets, and full color student workbooks and home information leaflets. Major Rivers is correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
How Can I Order the Major Rivers Program?
The Major Rivers educational program offers an Educational Package (teachers guide and student materials) and Replacement Student Workbooks and Home Leaflets (class sets for 30 students). To participate in this program, complete the Downloadable order form and submit it no later than March 1, 2015.
Note for teachers: Teachers may be able to get free or reduced cost Major Rivers educational materials from a sponsoring water provider in their region. TWDB also offers teacher training workshops for Major Rivers.
In order to lower the cost of printing this full color, engaging product, the TWDB offers the Major Rivers program on an annual basis. By aggregating orders from across the state, the TWDB is able to share economies of scale in the production of this program which is provided on a cost recovery basis. Invoices for the orders will be sent in April. Payment is required prior to shipment. Major Rivers educational program materials are delivered in May prior to the end of school..
Major Rivers Program Evaluation
If you have used the Major Rivers program in your classroom, please take a moment and provide us with your feedback by filling out a program evaluation form. Your comments are vital to helping us to better serve your needs and to give sponsoring entities feedback as to whether your schools would like to continue using this program.
Lower Colorado River Authority originally launched the Major Rivers program in 1989, and released an updated version in 2002 with a new look, more hands-on activities, and Internet resources. In the spring of 2003, the Texas Water Development Board (the state agency charged with water planning in Texas) and LCRA worked together to produce a new statewide version of Major Rivers that integrates water planning with the water supply lesson and includes historical stories about Texas river basins. In 2008, the Texas Water Development Board offered an updated version of the Major Rivers program that included the latest information from the 2007 State Water Plan, a DVD version of the introductory movie, a new water conservation exercise for saving water outdoors and for the first time, all student materials are available in both English and Spanish language versions. In 2011, Major Rivers was again revised to reflect the correlations to the latest Texas Learning Standards. Year 2012 brought about a new State Water Plan and Major Rivers reflected the changes. In 2014, Major Rivers was revised for the latest TEKS, web resources and content.
The program contains seven main lessons and one review lesson. Each lesson has a corresponding section in the student workbook, and many lessons have corresponding workbook exercises. There are also optional extension and enrichment activities at the end of each lesson. The lesson objectives not only define important knowledge and skills related to water, but they also support many of the Texas Education Agency's TEKS objectives for social studies, science, language arts and math.