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S: Mississippi River ABC

FC: Fifth Grade Students Prescott Expeditionary Learning Charter School for the Arts | Mississippi River ABC

1: A Closer Look....The Mississippi River 2011 Prescott is an Expeditionary Learning Charter School for the Arts located in Dubuque, Iowa. Curriculum is taught through multi-disciplinary in-depth learning units called expeditions. Our Expedition, A Closer Look...The Mississippi River, combined a study of the Mississippi River and a study of microworlds viewed though a microscope. We learned the river is a home, a highway, and a business. We discovered that a camera has a field of view like a microscope. When a zoom lens is used, that field of view becomes smaller and the object appears larger. We made photographs of boats, river animals, and river items through a regular lens to see as our eye would see and through a zoom lens to take a closer look. We hope you will take a Closer Look at our project. We wish to thank Ms. McCarron and Mrs. Loewenberg for their support. Prescott Fifth Grade, Ms. Zickuhr, Mrs. Gehl, Mrs. Sudmeier

2: Anchor Buoy Each buoy on the river is held in place by an anchor. They are made of cement and are very heavy. They keep the buoy in the right place to tell boaters where to go. ~Devin | Anchor An anchor is usually made out of metal. It is used to connect a boat to the bottom of the river. This anchor is on a boat named the Spirit of Dubuque. ~Caleb | A

4: Blue Heron The blue heron is a bird commonly found on the Mississippi River. It catches fish in the shallow water of the river. Its feathers are a gray-blue color. ~Amanda | B

5: Cleat A cleat is a large piece of metal. The workers on the barge wrap ropes around the cleat to keep the boat at the dock. ~Shayla | Chain The chain has many jobs on a boat. It can be used to move equipment, connect to another boat, or hold the anchor. The chain gets rusty in the water. ~Valerie

6: The Wyaconda is a cutter style boat. It is docked in the Ice Harbor. It is responsible for taking care of the river from Stillwater, Minnesota to Clinton, Iowa. ~Shaya | C | Coast Guard Boat

7: Duck This is a wood duck. It lives at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Wood ducks live in the wetlands around the river. They eat insects and water plants. They have red eyes and bright feathers on top of their heads. ~Halie | D

8: Equipment On top of the wheelhouse of the towboat is special equipment, such as radar, search lights, and horns. All of this equipment makes it easier for the pilot to drive the boat. ~Terrance | Fisherman This man is fishing with his dog in the Ice Harbor. He was fishing for bass. When he catches a fish he throws it back into the river. He was near the boat called the William M. Black. ~Luis | E | F

9: Gears These large gears are part of an engine on display at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The gears turn parts of the engine to make the boat move. ~Raine | G

10: Houseboat This houseboat was docked in the Ice Harbor. A houseboat is a boat that you can live on. Some stay docked permanently and others have motors so they can move on the river. ~Dee | Ice Harbor The Ice Harbor is located in Dubuque, Iowa. It is where people use boats for business and for fun. A long time ago people cut blocks of ice from the harbor to put in their ice chests at home. ~Brandon | H | I

11: Julien Dubuque Bridge The Julien Dubuque Bridge connects Iowa to Illinois. It crosses over the Mississippi River. It was built in 1943. ~Gabby | J

12: Katie Ann The Katie Ann is a boat located in Dubuque's Ice Harbor. The Katie Ann is used for towing other boats. It weighs 84 tons and is 60 feet long. It was built in 1962. ~Nathan | K

13: Lock and Dam This is Lock and Dam Number 11. The lock is used to help boats move up and down the river. The dam helps control the water level. | Life Jackets Boaters wear life jackets to be safe on the water. For each passenger in a boat there has to be one life jacket. They are made out of foam and help you float if you fall in the water. ~Logan H. | L

14: Marina A marina is a place where small boats dock. The owners keep their boats at the marina while they are not using them. These boats are at the Dubuque Marina near the Yardarm. ~Joe | M

15: Newt Marine Service Eldon Newt was a steamboat captain. This boat, Darcy Lane, is named after his granddaughter. In 1968 Eldon retired and started Newt Marine Service. The Darcy Lane is part of their fleet. It is 56.2 feet long and weighs 84 tons. It was built in 1970. ~Trinity | N

16: Oil Barrel This oil barrel is on the tow boat Charles Peters. The workers on the boat add the oil to the diesel fuel in the engine to keep it working properly. ~Logan D. | O

17: Paddle Wheel This paddle wheel is located in front of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. It was on a boat called the William M. Black. The museum decided to take off the paddle wheel and restore it for visitors to see. ~Dajah | Pilot's Wheel The pilot's wheel is used for steering the boat. On a large boat you can find it in the pilot house. It is made out of wood. It is easy to turn. It has details carved into the wood. ~Sally | P

18: Quartermaster The quartermaster is in charge of the maps and tools used to help the ship navigate its course. These men work on the paddle wheeler named Twilight. ~Maddie | Ramp A ramp is used to connect the dock and boat. The ramp has to be able to move up and down as the water level changes. ~Micah | Search Light On top of the pilot house is a search light. It is used to light up the water ahead of the boat. Boats need to be safe in the dark. ~Jamar | Q | R | S

19: Turtle Painted turtles are common on the Mississippi River. This turtle lives at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The painted turtle's shell is green, red, yellow, and black. It eats snails, insects, worms, slugs, and plants. ~Jayna | T

20: Toy Boat This toy boat is at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. If you put money in the machine you can control the boat. The red light comes on when you drive it. ~Darrell | Upper Mississippi When you stand at Lock and Dam 11, you can see the Upper Mississippi River. It extends from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to near Cairo, Illinois. This part of the river is a series of pools created by locks and dams. ~Alex | T | U

21: Valve This valve is on a boat. It acts as a door to stop liquids from going through the pipe. ~Malie | This vessel is a dinghy, which means it is a small boat that is on a big boat. It is used for emergencies. ~Diann | V | Vessel Vessel is another word for boat. | One of these vessels is a barge for transporting recycled metal. The other vessel is a fishing boat. ~ Francisca

22: Water Level At Lock and Dam 11 there is a marking that measures the river level. When a boat locks through the water level goes up and down. ~Savoy Wheelhouse The wheelhouse is also known as the pilot house. It is a room where the pilot controls the boat. It must have windows on all sides so the pilot can see in every direction. ~McKinley | W

23: Wetland A wetland is an area that is covered by water some of the time. Many plants and animals live and grow in the wetlands. This photo is the Woodward Wetlands located behind the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. ~Grace

24: "Xtra" Hard Work Working on a boat or in a marina is extra hard work. The hours are long and the job is rough on the body. ~Gage | X

25: Zebra Mussels When boaters take their boats out of the water, they have to clean them carefully. This is because of zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are small freshwater mussels that attach to boats and other objects. They are not helpful to the river. ~Morgan | Yellow Banana Many boats have names. The owners choose the name of the boat. Some boats are named after people, places, or things. This boat is called "Bananas". ~Jessica | Y | Z

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