Big Ideas Of Science
- Environmental Education
- Meteorology (Climate)
- Water (Environment)
- Natural Resources
- Water (Natural Resources)
- Geography And Earth Science
- Earth Science
- Climatic Phenomenon (Earth Science)
- Meteorology (Earth Science)
- Water, Landscapes & People - General Information
Average Learning Time
This inclusive environmental ILS was designed implementing the Open Schooling approach for building a bridge between schools and local communities. In this activity, students explore how meteorological drought affects human demands and values for water, from a hydrological, agricultural and socio-economical point of view. Students are invited to help their community design a local drought management plan and are challenged to think and propose ways for their community to reduce water consumption, not only during a period of drought but as a strategy for adopting a more sustainable behaviour in general.
After this activity, students should be able to:
- Understand the impact of drought on our lives and our planet
- Understand that every citizen is affected by drought and that everyone can help face a severe drought
- Discuss and raise awareness about strategies to understand and face drought in local level
- Discuss and raise awareness about strategies to adopt a more sustainable behaviour in terms of water consumption and water management at a local level.
This ILS may be used as a standalone project. At the same time, if a teacher would like to design a holistic engaging student’s enterprise “Global Water Crisis” (for secondary school) a set of three ILSs could be used as a starting point.
The students can launch with understanding the science behind desalination and investigate in-depth a specific thermal desalination technique (Global Water Crisis: Looking at the science behind desalination). Then, they may learn more about other methods of desalination and examine the prospects of implementing (new) desalination technologies in their country/region, by taking into consideration social and economic aspects (Global Water Crisis: Desalination in your country/region). Then they continue with this ILS and integrate the desalination as one of the strategies to face severe drought in their country/region.
The ILS design is following the principles of the universal design for learning (UDL) for inclusive learning.
Reviewer: Eleftheria Tsourlidaki
This activity was developed in the framework of the InSTEAM project.
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