HEART Force Drought Game

In this interactive game, students work in three "resilience teams" to solve community challenges that arise during the course of an extreme drought event by using available individual and community resources. 

Context for Use

This lesson is best used after the drought hazard lesson in the HEART Force curricular unit, for students to apply their learning and respond to a hypothetical drought in their own community. 

Preceding lessons: 

Potential lessons to follow include: 

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What Students Will Do

  • Evaluate information on drought conditions to appropriately use community resources to respond to a drought in their community by assessing the causes and effects of extreme drought
  • Design solutions to address drought risk using a system model of a community drought response effort.


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HEART Force Drought Game Materials
Drought Game Teacher Guide
Drought Game Board
Drought Game Role Nametags
Drought Game Reservoir Level Marker
Drought Game Editable Reservoir Level Markers
Drought Game Resilience Strategy List
Drought Game Role Cards
Drought Game Outcome Spinners


Students must invest wisely in resilience measures that will maximize the community’s ability to bounce back from drought. Students work in three “resilience teams” to determine the strategies that they will invest in as a community. Students take on the role of community stakeholders and consider the effects of climate on different sectors of their community

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