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High schoolers examine the migration of refugees. In this California history lesson, 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. High schoolers respond to discussion questions and participate in an activity pertaining to the lecture.
Fifth graders research the occurrence of droughts. In this weather conditions lesson, 5th graders discuss the importance of weather and how it affects their lives, define drought, research circumstances in their area that are a sign of drought and write a conclusion about their findings.
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.
In the second of three lessons about climate change, young climatologists examine the local impacts of severe storms and drought on roads, rivers, buildings, and more. Through a series of investigations, learners begin to understand the effects of a warming planet on a more comprehensible scale.
Students investigate healthy eating habits by researching livestock. In this food sustainability lesson, students research the negative impact factory farming has on our environment due to pollution. Students define agricultural vocabulary terms such as "sustainability" and "organic" before completing a worksheet titled "Livestock Grazing in Northern California."
A video about the impact of climate change on butterfly populations and a PowerPoint about butterfly and bird adaptations warm science learners up for the activity to follow. Using a variety of tools that reprsent unique styles of bird beaks, scientists simulate the collection of food. The types of food collected successfully are logged and combined with results from other lab groups. They repeat the activity with a new set of food that represents what is available after a drought. In this way, they consider the impact of climate change.
In the third and final activity in the series on the impacts of climate change, learners synthesize the knowledge they have accumulated by identifying potential areas of concern for their school due to effects of drought and/or flooding, as well as other effects of climate change, then they propose an action plan to address the issues at the school level.
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.
There is nothing like a historic photograph to move your learners. Pictures tell stories in an organic and emotional way. Explore the causes of the dust bowl and the great depression with your class. Each slide contains a single black and white image taken during the depression, they depict everything from picket lines to mothers and children. Many of the slides include lecture notes for your convenience.
Did you know the Dust Bowl caused the largest migration in American history? That 500,000 people were made homeless? That 200,000 of those people migrated to California where they faced "Anti-Okie" laws? Here's an image and information-rich, student-produced presentation that could be used to launch a study of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, as background for The Grapes of Wrath, or as a presentation model for class critique.
This well-designed reading activity for younger or struggling high school readers breaks the short story “The Sniper” down into manageable parts, enabling potential bookworms to practice their close reading skills. The document incorporates the analysis questions within the text of the story. The questions highlight the basic elements of a story, and have readers make inferences about important conflicts or specific details. The design also accommodates visual learners, and could succeed as a teamed reading activity.