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Authors

Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 10-40 minutes
  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation Slides
  • Worksheets

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint

Drought Causes: Climate Change Impacts

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will review articles from the National Resources Defense Council, TechTimes.com, and the Union of Concerned Scientists and answer questions about the relationship between climate change and droughts. 
  • This resource includes a student worksheet, a lesson plan, a student handout, and a PowerPoint presentation. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The lesson plan provides discussion questions for many academic subjects.
  • The PowerPoint presentation and activity can be used in a virtual or in-person lesson.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account to access the materials.
  • Teachers may want to research the sources ahead of time to understand the viewpoints and biases. 

Differentiation

  • Students could respond to questions individually or in small groups before discussing the questions as a class.
  • The reading for this activity is a bit dense, so a structured reading process may help some students.
  • Other resources on this topic include this interactive map on droughts in the United States, this short film about how a drought changed a farming community, and this video featuring a youth activist working to fight water waste during times of drought.
Scientist Notes

This resource will educate students about the risk of droughts and other climate change problems. The resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
      • MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives plate tectonics.
      • MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.8.1 Cite textual evidence that strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences. (RI&RL)
      • R.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different media—print, audio, video, stage, or digital—to present a particular subject or idea and analyze the extent to which a production remains faithful to or departs from the written text. (RI&RL)
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.b.m Interpret patterns in a variety of maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information (contour, cartogram, population, natural resource, historical maps) and explain relationships among them.
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