Let the River Flow

Salmon River at Riggins

Salmon River east of Riggins (photo taken by Stefanie Brimacomb)

Lesson Activities


This course is designed with the International Society for Technology in Education NETS standards for students, as well as the Common Core State Science Standards.

Common Core State Science Standards (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), 2010):

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas



Course Description and Objectives

Given the USGS database students will select “Idaho” from the map of the U.S. to access the Salmon River tables to view a table displaying long term median flows, gage heights in feet, and discharge in cubic feet per second.
Given the Google Earth database, students will estimate distance and change in elevation from Salmon, Idaho to Whitebird Idaho.


Google Earth. (2011). Retrieved July 13, 2011, from Google Search: http://www.google.com
ISTE. (2010, September 27). ISTE NETS Standards. Retrieved June 18, 2011, from ISTE: www.iste.org/standards.aspx
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). (2010). Common Core State Standards English and Language Arts, Science and Technical Subjects. Retrieved July 11, 2011, from Common Core State Standards Initiative: http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards/science-technical/grades-9-10/
USGS. (n.d.). National map seamless server. Retrieved July 10, 2011, from U.S. Geological Survey: http://seamless.usgs.gov/website/seamless/viewer.htm
Videtich, P. E., & J., C. E. (n.d.). Living with Great Lakes: Lesson Plan on Stream Flow. Retrieved July 10, 2011, from Grand Valley State University: http://faculty.gvsu.edu/videticp/stream_flow_lp.htm


What You Need to be Successful

  • Materials - Computer - PC or Mac with multimedia capabilities, headphones, printer.
  • Software - Presentation, Word Processing, and Spreadsheet (can be open source).
  • Time Management - Deadlines approach quickly - don't wait until the last minute to get the job done!


Relative Advantage:

Provides structured learning environment in conjunction with field trips to the Whitebird, Idaho Site.

Course information is easily updated


About Your Instructor

Mrs. Brimacomb

Stefanie Brimacomb is a multi-endorsed math, business, and computer teacher in a remote Idaho town where online learning is essential to provide students a competitive education. Mrs. Brimacomb serves as the IT Coordinator for Salmon River Joint School District in addition to her duties as classroom teacher

Contact Information


References and Resources