Students watch a video about the Red River Divide and complete a KWLS worksheet to answer the questions, “How does the Red River benefit North Dakota economically?” and “How has use of the Red River changed over time?”
This lesson is part of "Great States | North Dakota | Unit 6: Agriculture and Economy" where students will learn about the major resources and enterprises that form the basis of North Dakota’s economy.
4.3.2: Identify ways that natural resources (e.g., soil, minerals, trees, fish, people) contribute to the economy of the local community and North Dakota
4.3.3: Explain the impact of tourism on North Dakota’s economy (e.g. revenue for our state, jobs created, tourist sites--Fort Lincoln, Peace Gardens, Medora, Lake Sakakawea, Devils Lake)
- Video: Red River Divide | Recreation
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other type of screen to project videos to the class
- Class set of Red River’s Economic Role handout
- Provide students with the Red River’s Economic Role handout. Ask students to fill in the 'K' portion of a KWLS worksheet to describe what they already know about the Red River and the role that steamboats or tourism play. Have them fill out the ‘W’ portion of KWLS—what is it they want to know about these topics.
- Explain that the following video describes the role the river has played in North Dakota’s economy and how it’s changed over time.
- Play the video, Red River Divide | Recreation [4:55].
- Have students complete the ‘L’ and ‘S’ sections of the grid and answer the questions on the handout.
Commercial freshwater fishing for over 100 years, $40-50 million a year for fishing, tourism: drawing people to the area for cat fishing festivals, canoeing, boating [0:10]
Red River changes over time:
Boating changes from sailboats to steamboats [0:27]
At turn of the century the working river turned recreational [0:37]
Early settlers swam in the river and went ice skating until flooding caused them to move away [1:24]
Resurgence of recreation use for canoeing and fishing, pontoon boat tours [2:23]
Currently, the goal is to build greenway corridors along entire route of the river [3:33]