Drought: Identifying Impacts and Evaluating Solutions

In this set of activities, students learn about impacts of drought through news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, analyze drought data and models, and research and evaluate potential solutions. This lesson works well as a component within a larger unit on climate change, its impacts, and ways to address the resulting issues.

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PBS
WGBH Educational Foundation

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Even though the lesson is designated for grades 9-12, it could be used in grades 6-8.

An explicit teacher guide/script is provided in the procedures.

Teacher may want to preview the videos and printout accompanying handouts for each case study.

Before watching the Case Study videos, it should be emphasized that technical lessons of drought will be taught through worksheets and lecture, not the videos. Rather, the take away from the videos are an account of how humans can be affected by drought.