Lesson Plan: For Teachers: olutions for Drought
The issues surrounding the periodic drought experiences of the Canadian west have led to numerous ideas and efforts to solve the problems they create. Some of these have achieved limited success and others still are not proven to help.
Invite students to brainstorm ways to prevent, mitigate
and resolve the periods of drought that occasionally hit the Canadian west. As
they work, they should categorize their ideas under one of those three
They then review the clips titled "Worse than the '30s?", "Manipulating the weather", "A drought-filled future?", "Fighting drought with a dam," "Don't water the lawns!" and "Cloud seeding back in style?"
Students will then do further online research into ways
to address the issue of drought. Each group will create another three-column
list identifying actual ways to prevent, mitigate, or resolve drought. Students
compare their research results to their brainstorming to see areas of
convergence and divergence.
Each group will use presentation software as they develop a three-pronged plan to address droughts in western Canada.
Students work in small groups to brainstorm and to view the clips. They may divide the work any way they feel is helpful.
Invite each group to deliver its plan to the class. Remind them that their plan might be used to persuade governments and interest groups to action.