Recent droughts continue to headline the news about water crisis and scarcity. Find out why! Land Without Water is a thought provoking lesson that makes it real through blended learning stations covering: understanding the problem, water cycle, weather and climate, ecological drought and human impact. Students will explore multiple resources examining worsening drought conditions to better understand human and environmental interaction. Includes presentation with lesson, video links, blended learning stations, teacher resources and student response pages. This science lesson will engage your students with the importance of our water supply!
Objective: Students will explore multiple resources examining worsening drought conditions to better understand human and environmental interaction. Blended learning stations allow students to review sources first hand and apply critical thinking skills. Students complete a variety of tasks to develop different skills that are important for science.
Science Standards – TEKS: 8.11(A) investigate how organisms and populations in an ecosystem depend on and may compete for biotic factors such as food and abiotic factors such as quantity of light, water, range of temperatures, or soil composition; 8.11(B) explore how short‐and long‐term environmental changes affect organisms and traits in subsequent populations; and relates to B.12(E) describe how environmental change can impact ecosystem stability.
NGSS: MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
ATL/SEL Skills: These are known as “Approaches to Learning” skills (ATL). These are more commonly known as SEL or social and emotional skills. ATL Skills for this lesson: Research skills: Make connections between various sources of information. Service learning is a possibility by using this lesson as a starting point to create a water conservation effort in the community.
Lesson Structure and Teacher Tips: This blended learning style lesson can take 2-3 days, depending on the length of class periods. All stations can be done in class or virtually. Students can work on stations individually or in partnership groups. Collaboration is more beneficial at some stations than others.
The lesson includes teacher presentation slides, student blended learning stations and student pages.
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