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Seventh graders review the water cycle and its relationship to weather around the world. They focus their attention on extreme weather phenomena such as: floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and drought. Pupils draw a complete water cycle and place the weather phenomena in the correct area of the water cycle.
Students examine the impact of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and droughts. They conduct Internet research on various weather websites, complete a Weather Disaster Information sheet, save images of weather disasters on Google Images, and create a computer slideshow presentation.
Young scholars examine the roles that natural events (such as droughts), population growth and other human factors play on land use and food supply.
Learners study droughts and how they affect communities and coastal ecosystems.  In this ecosystems lesson students use data to examine drought conditions in certain areas. 
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.
Students define and explain how droughts can affect a coastal area. They examine how drought-like conditions relate to water temperature in the Pacific Ocean. They analyze data to gather information about streamflow and drought conditions in selected areas.
Students explain why specialization leads to interdependence. They determine the economic impact of drought on a local economy.
Young scholars 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.
Students locate Lake Mead, then read a news article about Lake Mead drying up and how that would effect water and power supplies to the region. In this current events instructional activity, the teacher introduces the article with a map and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
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 chocolate instructional activity, students 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.
Young scholars discuss their perceptions of Ethiopia, then research Ethiopia's geographical regions, climate, and agriculture. They write magazine articles explaining what Americans might not have realized about Ethiopia.
In this drought worksheet, students study the "US Drought Monitor" and complete 8 short answer questions on the causes and effects of drought.
Students in an ESL classroom are introduced to vocabulary associated with the environment and geography. In groups, they analyze a map of Afghanistan from an issue of National Geographic. To end the lesson, they identify the areas prone to drought and how it affects the lives of those living through one.
Students research the history of droughts and their effects on people and the environment. They investigate the causes of droughts,where they often occur, and ways to lessen the environmental impact.
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.
Here’s a must-have resource for anyone using The Grapes of Wrath. Everything from guiding question to background information, from photographs to documentary films, from activities to assessments is included in a richly detailed packet designed to show readers the tight relationship between the Joad narrative and the inner or intercalary chapters of John Steinbeck’s acclaimed novel.
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. 
Sixth graders discover the problems that early Mesototamian farmers faced while developing agriculture in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. They design a working model that solves those unique challenges.

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