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Grades 9-12

Water Resources unit

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Water Use

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers local, regional, and global water issues.

Included teaching materials explore the availability of freshwater in the face of rising demand, comprehensive local water scarcity issues, contamination, and competition for water resources among various stakeholders.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 2 lesson plans, 2 case study readings, and 1 background reading.
  • Mock debate includes public speaking, conflict resolution, and creating an action plan.
  • Student water use audit and goals for reducing individual water footprints.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

Water, Water Everywhere (MS/HS)

- Students observe a brief demonstration on the distribution of the world’s water and then calculate how much water they use...

Roll on Mighty River

- Small groups of students take on the role of a stakeholder vying for water from the Colorado River and debate...


The Shrinking Aral Sea: An Ecological Disaster

- Water resources case study reading: A profile of Asia’s Aral Sea, the reasons it is disappearing and how that is...

The Safe Water Challenge: Maintaining Clean Sources in Sub-Saharan Africa

- Water resources case study reading: Charitable programs building water wells in Sub-Saharan Africa have learned that providing sustainable water sources...

Troubled Water

- Water resources background reading: The demand for fresh water increases as our population grows, yet many around the world still...

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