Lesson Plan - Get It!
- Why do you think a waterfall is called a waterfall?
Look at this picture of a waterfall.
- Where does all that water come from?
Niagara Falls is located on the border of New York in the United States and Ontario, Canada.
Its falls are 167 feet high, making Niagara Falls the second-largest waterfall on the earth.
In this lesson, explore what makes this waterfall so famous and learn interesting facts about it.
Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls.
The largest falls are the Horseshoe Falls, and the smallest is the Bridal Veil Falls. All these falls come together to create the strongest waterfall flow in the world!
The water that goes down the falls comes from the Niagara River, which stems from Lake Ontario. All the water from Niagara Falls eventually ends up in the Atlantic Ocean.
Think about a time you saw something floating in a river.
Rivers are flowing bodies of water. This causes weathering and erosion. Weathering and erosion can occur when a river breaks down the area it flows by and carries the rocks to a new part.
For example, if a river flows against the side of a mountain, that side will be worn down by the river's force. This same thing is happening with Niagara Falls.
In fifty thousand years, Niagara Falls will probably not exist because of erosion!
Every year, thirty million people visit Niagara Falls.
- Would you like to visit Niagara Falls? Why or why not?
You've learned about Niagara Falls. Share two interesting facts you learned with someone.
After sharing your facts, move to the Got It? section to take a tour of Niagara Falls.