Drought: Identifying Impacts and Evaluating Solutions Lesson Plan

Through this set of lessons, students learn about the impacts of water shortages due to drought, make connections to climate patterns, and explore community resiliency solutions. The lessons engage students in evaluating solutions for a particular case study community. Students will need to do additional research on solutions, but by the end of the lesson, students will be able to articulate how drought, although a localized problem, has far-reaching impacts, and to suggest solutions to a problem that is projected to intensify as the climate continues to change.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Teachers will want to facilitate or scaffold student research around solutions.

Preview all videos and slideshows beforehand.

Also, consider small groups for the case studies and how students will access media. Students will need to conduct independent research on solutions they choose to explore from the list/menu provided.

Assessment ideas would be helpful (rubrics for student presentations)