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 program 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.
Now available free online! The entire Major Rivers educational program is now accessible online and available for download. All the resources that were provided in the complete Educational Packages (previously available only by placing an order) are now available below under Teacher’s Resources. If, however, you would still like to order printed, full color versions of the student workbooks and home leaflets, you may do so by using the order form found here.
For questions about Major Rivers, please contact our
conservation education specialist.
If you have used Major Rivers as an educational tool in the past, please take a moment to complete the Major Rivers Evaluation Form.
Major Rivers Introductory Video
Teacher Resources/Education Materials
- Teacher's Guide: This 128-page resource offers guidance on how to use the Major Rivers educational materials and provides additional learning activities. Major Rivers and Aquifer help students learn about Texas’ major water resources, how water is treated and delivered, and how to care for and wisely use their water resources throughout eight lessons. These lessons include fourteen student hands-on labs or investigations, as well as corresponding workbook exercises and numerous optional extension and enrichment activities.
- Workbook - English: Printable version of the student workbook that has activities corresponding to the 8 lessons in the Teacher’s Guide. (Printed version available to order as part of the classroom packs, which include 30 workbooks and 30 Home Leaflets.)
- Workbook - Spanish: Printable version of the student workbook in Spanish. (Printed version available to order as part of the classroom packs, which include 30 workbooks and 30 Home Leaflets.)
- Home Leaflet - English: Printable version of the Home Leaflet that shows parents what the students have learned and what they can do to help by sharing school work, discussing household water use, encouraging good water conservation habits, and completing a home water survey included on the Leaflet. (Printed version available to order as part of the classroom packs, which include 30 workbooks and 30 Home Leaflets.)
- Home Leaflet - Spanish: Printable version of the Home Leaflet in Spanish. (Printed version available to order as part of the classroom packs, which include 30 workbooks and 30 Home Leaflets.)
- Handouts - English: Colorful, printable handouts to be used with activities in the Major Rivers program.
- Handouts - Spanish: The same colorful, printable handouts available in Spanish.
- Worksheets: Printable version of worksheets that correspond with various lessons and activities in the Major Rivers program.
- Worksheet Answer Keys
- Poster - Water Coursing Through History: This poster is used as part of the Water Coursing Through History activity in Lesson 3, Texas Water Supply and Planning.
- Poster - What is an Acre-Foot?: This poster provides a visual of what an acre-foot looks like as it is discussed in Lesson 3, Texas Water Supply and Planning.
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS): Table listing the Major Rivers lessons and their correlation to the TEKS for Grades 4 and 5.
Note for teachers: Teachers may be able to get free or reduced cost Major Rivers classroom packs from a sponsoring water provider in their region.
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.
Major Rivers is correlated to the TEKS and STARR objectives.