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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 and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process
      • 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-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.4 Read various texts closely to determine what each text explicitly says and to make logical inferences; cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the texts.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
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