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In this earth science worksheet, students study the graph pictured to identify how much water Americans use at home each day. Then they respond to five questions below the graph. Students also write three ways that they can save water at home.
In this drought worksheet, students study the "US Drought Monitor" and complete 8 short answer questions on the causes and effects of drought.
Eighth graders take a closer look at the water cycle. In this water conservation lesson, 8th graders determine the effects of droughts as they read 3 reports and chart the information they find. Students then create water conservation plans.
This little video helps earth science learners understand the importance of recording precipitation patterns and forecasting where and when the next extreme events may occur. Various meteorologists share Global Precipitation Measurement satellite images in order to explain how they are used for modeling and prediction. This clip could be added to a lecture in order to enrich a weather unit or a remote sensors and satellites lesson.
What is causing the extreme weather happening around the planet? Middle and high schoolers read about climate change as a possible link to such phenomena. Then they form groups to discuss and research one of the types of weather events. They present their findings to the rest of the class and then rank how confident scientists seem to be about the links.
The Times covered a drought in 2011, which affected producers, consumers, and sellers. The class gets informed about climate and the economics of agriculture as the read this article and answer each of the 11 comprehension questions. A map and video link are embedded in the questions for further exploration.
Packing up and moving west to California was a tough decision for farmers in during the Great Depression. Nine text-rich slides contains information separated into six main categories related to the migrant experience. They'll discuss, the people, the Depression, the drought, dust storms, and the move west.
In this get water-wise worksheet, students review and discuss a graph showing how much the average American uses at home and answers five comprehension questions regarding the graph.
Students examine the migration of refugees. In this California history instructional activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of how the Dust Bowl and Great Depression led to a California population explosion. Students respond to discussion questions and participate in an activity pertaining to the lecture.
In this seasons and weather worksheet, students take notes in a graphic organizer as they read several passages, then answer six comprehension questions.
Learners investigate the water wars taking place in East Africa. In this global issues lesson plan, students watch video clips and read selected articles about the water shortages in East Africa. Learners estimate their own average daily water use, discuss the issue in East Africa, and determine whether climate change is part of the water shortage issue.
Young scholars discover the causes of droughts. In this Dust Bowl lesson, students follow the provided steps to complete a hands-on activity that demonstrates drought conditions. Young scholars write summaries about the Dust Bowl.
Students investigate causes and effects of droughts by participating in a simulation 'town hall meeting.' Acting as community members, students make informed decisions to help a town and its surrounding areas suffering effects of a prolonged drought.
In this environment worksheet, students read an article about extreme weather conditions and mapping it out. They respond to 10 multiple choice questions about what they read. Then, students explain how droughts can occur and the damaging effects that extreme weather can have to its natural surroundings.
Students examine the roles that natural events (such as droughts), population growth and other human factors play on land use and food supply.
First graders examine the Saguaro cactus holds water by completing a simulation which shows how the circumference of the cactus changes in times of drought and times of rainfall. They complete a K-W-L chart about cacti before they measure the circumference of Saguaro cactus fans which they made.
Students work together to complete a simulation on drought days. As a class, they discuss their results and compare water usage of the past to current numbers. After reading short excerpts, they answer discussion questions and review as a class.
Learners explain why specialization leads to interdependence. They determine the economic impact of drought on a local economy.
Students examine an El Nino effects map to assess the outlook for drought conditions in the United States. They explain the connection between El Nino and drought.
In this chocolate worksheet, learners read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about the chocolate shortage. Students complete 10 activities total.