- Easier - The
Mississippi River is the second longest river
system in the United States. Only the Missouri
River is longer. The Mississippi flows 2,340 miles
(3,766 kilometers) from its source in northwestern
Minnesota to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Harder - The word,
Mississippi probably comes from a combination of
Chippewa words (mici and zibi) meaning "great
river" or "great water." It was first written as
"Michi Sepe" by Lieutenant Henri de Tonti traveling
with the explorer La Salle.
- The Mississippi and its tributaries drain
almost all the plains between the Appalachian
Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. Its drainage
basin is the third largest in the world, exceeded
in size only by the watersheds of the Amazon and
Congo Rivers. The drainage basin covers 1,247,300
square miles (3,230,490 square kilometers) in 31
states and 2 Canadian provinces. This area
encompasses the nation's most productive
agricultural and industrial regions. The
Mississippi is the nation's chief navigable water
route. Barges and towboats on the Mississippi River
System carry sixty percent of the agricultural
goods, industrial products, and raw materials
transported on inland waterways.
- The Mississippi River and its valley also
support many kinds of animals and plants including
freshwater fishes, birds, deer, raccoons, otters,
mink, and a variety of forest trees. But pollution
from agriculture and industry seriously threaten
the life of the Mississippi.
National River and Recreation Area
- This website is sponsored by the National Park
Service and focuses on the Mississippi River in the
- Other National Park Mississippi River
- 2) Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Arch)
- 3) Nile of the New World http://www.cr.nps.gov/delta/home.htm
- Other Tourism and Information
- 2) Big River http://www.big-river.com/
- 3) Old Man River http://www.oldmanriver.com/
- 4) Mississippi River Home Page http://www.greatriver.com/
- The comprehensive project explores the history,
culture and inspiration of the river. It focuses on
the environment and our relationship to the river.
The project contains information, activities, and
examples of student work.
- Other Conservation and Environmental Efforts
- 2) Friends of the Mississippi River http://www.fmr.org/
- 3) Issues and Challenges from Upper
Mississippi River Conservation Committee
- 4) Mississippi River and the Environment from
- 5) Mississippi River Basin Alliance http://www.mrba.org/
River from U.S. Geological
- At this site, you can take an in-depth
look at the Mississippi and the creatures that live
in and near its waters.
- Other Websites About the Science of the
- 3) About the Upper Mississippi River System
from U.S. Geological Survey
- 4) Great Mississippi River
- 5) Mighty Mississippi
- 6) Mississippi River Basin from U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/msbasin/
of America from Time
- Nice overview of the life along the Mississippi
- Other Basic Information Pages:
- 2) Great River Road . . . Scenic Byway of the
Mississippi River http://www.mississippiriverinfo.com/
- 3) River Roads http://www.riverroads.com/grr/index.html
- 4) Mississippi Timeline http://www.oldmanriver.com/Pages/timeline.htm
- 5) Mississipi River http://www.gatewayno.com/history/Mississippi.html
- 6) Mississippi River Links http://www.caleuche.com/River/Links.htm
- 7) Rivers and Geography http://www.ourlandofliberty.com/student.1.html
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Marquette (1637-1675) and Louis Jolliet
(1645-1700) from Explorers of the
Millennium (1998 ThinkQuest Junior
- Here you can read brief biographies of Louis
Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, the two men who
searched for and found the waters of the
River (Grade 7) from Bodies of Water
- This student report site provides introductory
information on the Mississippi River.
- This project includes lots of different types
of student examples.
- More Websites for the Mississippi
Architects of the Mississippi from
National Park Service
- Eight hundred years ago, the lower Mississippi
Delta was home to some of the most highly organized
civilizations in the world.
Jimmy's Mississippi River System
- This website provides information and links on
towboats and locks and dams on the Mississippi
- Related Websites:
- 2) Life on the River http://www.davidestrada.com/river/
- 3) Towboat Joe's http://www.dragg.net/jbrown/
- Queen of Rivers or Pig With Fins? by P.
Eyden from Big River Reader
- Some people call them rough fish,
and leave them to rot on the river bank. Is this
any way to treat a fish that British and Russian
anglers prize, a fish that is popular in European,
Asian and southern U.S. cuisines? Carp is the most
widely eaten fish in the world.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Alligator gar: Help For a Long-lived
Leviathan from ESPN Outdoors
Flood from PBS American
- Learn about the the flood that hit the
Mississippi River in 1927 from Illinois to New
- Other Mississippi Flood Sites:
- 2) National Geographic: The Great Flood
- 3) 1927 Mississippi River Flood http://www.usd.edu/honors/HWB/hwb_t/missi.html
- 4) Flood of 1927
- 5) Mississippi River Flood: 1993 http://lists.uakron.edu/geology/natscigeo/lectures/streams/miss_flood.htm#top
- 6) Railroad Cars Trapped and Other Stories from
Daily World http://www.dailyworld.com/news/floodof1927/
- 7) Science Question of the Week http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/scienceques2001/20020405.htm
Site to Story: Minnesota Archaeology
- Join an exploration of the Upper Mississippi's
buried past in Minnesota.
Buchanan Eads 1820 - 1887 from National
- Learn about the man who became one of the great
self taught engineers of the nineteenth
of Steamboating the Rivers
- Learn about steamboating, hear the sound of
steam whistles, explore the parts of a steamboat,
view steamboat pictures, and more.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Old River News: Steamboats, Their Captains,
Crews & Adventures http://theoldentimes.com/ms_river_news.html
- 3) Steamboats http://www.steamboats.com/
- 4) Stern Watch http://home.att.net/~johneesser/stern.html
- 5) Delta Queen http://www.deltaqueen.com/
on the Mississippi: A Guide by J.
- This site focuses on the writings of Mark Twain
about the Mississippi River; contains a guide to
texts of the book, biography, criticism, and the
legacies of the book.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
- 3) Mississippi River from Mark Twain at Large
Jolliet (1645-1700) Jacques Marquette
(1637-1675) from Discoverers
- Here you can read an account of the first
French expedition on the Mississippi river in
Headwaters Board (MHB)
- The MHB is a body mandated by the Minnesota
Legislature to protect and preserve the natural,
cultural, scenic, scientific, and recreational
values of the Mississippi River's first 400
- Other Websites for the Upper Mississippi
- 2) Mississippi River (Upper) http://members.aol.com/americacruising/mississippi-upper.html
- 3) Upper Mississippi River from
Northeast-Midwest Institute http://www.nemw.org/uppermiss.htm
River: Cape Girardeau Riverfront by D.
Farrow & Rose City Net
- Examine the history of the river from the
perspective of a Missouri river city.
River Basin Alliance (MRBA)
- Begun in early 1992, the Alliance is a
coalition that unites environmental justice
organizations and traditional conservation groups
around issues impacting the Mississippi River. In
addition, the organization links Upper Basin people
with those from the Lower Basin
- Related Websites on the Lower Mississippi
- 2) Lower Mississippi River Conservation
Committee (LMRCC) http://www.lmrcc.org/
- 3) Mississippi River (Lower) http://members.aol.com/americacruising/mississippi-lower.html
- This Museum, located in Dubuque, Iowa, is
dedicated to collecting, interpreting and sharing
the rich and important history of the Mississippi
River, America's river systems, and our local and
regional heritage. Click on "National Rivers Hall
of Fame" to read short biographies of people who
relied upon the river.
of Song from PBS, The Filmmakers
Collaborative, and The Smithsonian
- The story is told by the people who keep
American music wonderfully alive with their varied
sounds and voices -- from Minneapolis rock to St.
Louis gospel and Memphis soul; from bluegrass bands
in the Farm Belt to the blues in the Mississippi
Delta; from Scandinavian fiddlers in the North
Woods to Cajun stompers in the Louisiana
- Websites For Teachers
- Cub Pilot on the Mississippi
- Become a pilot on the Mississippi.
on the Mississippi Past and Present (Grade
3) by T. Mercer
- With the Mississippi River nearby, students
will learn and appreciate the river for its past
and present contributions. The area is dependent
upon this mighty river for its very existence.
Man River: Getting to Know the Father of
Waters (Grade 7) by M. Yoder & L.
- Students examine the physical features of the
River from Discovery School
- At some point in teaching about the Mississippi
River, expose students to the wealth of literature
that the Mississippi and other rivers have
engendered. This lesson plan guides students to
create a booktalk on a Mississippi River book.
Mississippi from Education
- This lesson planning article includes ten
activities that demonstrate the physical, social,
political, and economic power of the Mississippi
River (Grades 2-4) by K. Yamnitz
- Students examine the importance of the
Mississippi river and all its uses such as
transportation, food, commercial purposes, and
River Lesson Plans (Grades 6-8) from
- Here you find over thirty activities that
include instructor notes, students activity, and
assessment guides. You can also go to their main
website at http://www3.iptv.org/mississippi/.
- Related Unit Plan:
- 2) Mighty Mississippi from Core
Knowledge (Grade 5) by M. Vessells & C.
Life by K. McGough from National
- Use this book to introduce children to plant
and animal life of the Mississippi River.
- St. Louis and the Mississippi River from Michcan.gov
- Learn about the history and economic development of St. Louis and the Mississippi River.