Students build an understanding of drought in Colorado using multiple data sources in a jigsaw activity.
Context for Use
This lesson is best used as part of the HEART Force curricular unit. Potential lessons to follow include:
This lesson could also be a stand-alone lesson to introduce students to drought in Colorado.
What Students Will Do
- Analyze drought data to identify patterns of drought history and risk in Colorado.
- Communicate information about the causes and effects of drought in your community. Explain what community members should do in response to a drought.
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In this lesson, students will investigate the causes, effects, and impacts of drought in Colorado.
- Part 1 – Engage (20 minutes) Drought in Colorado
As a class, watch videos about drought in Colorado, and have a class discussion on what students know and wonder about drought.
- Part 2 – Explore (50 minutes) Drought & Case Study Data Analysis
In teams, analyze drought information and data to build understanding of the causes, impacts, location, and frequency of drought in Colorado.
- Part 3 – Explain (65 minutes) Local Drought News Story
In teams, create a communication product educating your community about the causes and impacts of drought, past and current drought status, and tips on preparing and responding to drought.