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Water Scarcity

Lesson Description:

In this lesson, students will learn about water scarcity and how much of the earth’s water is actually available for daily human use. They will learn the importance of water to humans and brainstorm ways that they can reduce their own water usage.

After completing this lesson students will be able to: 
· Visualize how much water is available to humans. 
· Explain the importance of water.
· Understand the problem of water scarcity. 
· Understand how they can conserve water. 

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
1 class period
Standards Addressed:
This lesson addresses the following National Education Standards:
· Content Standard: NSS-G.K-12.2 PLACES AND REGIONS
As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should:
Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity.
Understand how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions.

· Content Standard: NSS-G.K-12.3 PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should
Understand the physical processes that shape the pattern of Earth’s surface.
Understand the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.

· Content Standard: NSS-G.K-12.5 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should:
Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
Understand how physical systems affect human systems.
Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.

School or Group:
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Water Scarcity.pdf
Located in: Science | Social Studies

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