A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Water Flows Through All Academic Disciplines - English, Math, Art and Science

Marta Brooks
Lynette Mikkelsen
John Ligas
Jeri Malatare

St. Ignatius High School


This interdisciplinary approach encouraged students to think about the many ways that water touches our communities. Students read literary selections in English class, learned mathematical methods used to quantify water, learned scientific methods for studying water in science class while thinking about several broad questions related to water: Where does water come from? Is pollution a concern in this area? What are the conflicts between wilderness management and development? Students toured a waste-water treatment plant, visited a weather station, a nature preserve, a refuge, libraries and the Montana Historical Society. To complete this heritage project, students conducted an interview with a community member, gathered related supporting bibliographic information, and wrote and presented a paper on their research at a community open house entitled “Water: The Lifeblood of Our Land.”

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1996 Montana Heritage Project
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