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Drought: Unit Overview
Drought is an ever-present threat to all people whose lifestyles have been built on the availability of water. Across the planet, millions of humans make their homes and grow crops in areas that receive minimal amounts of precipitation. In this EarthLabs module students learn that when precipitation drops below normal, drought conditions can develop and economic, environmental, and social impacts can follow. The unit teaches students to interpret climate data to recognize the symptoms and evaluate the severity of drought. The unit raises awareness of the need to be prepared to face drought conditions that may become more common as our planet warms.

Lab 1: Meteorological Monsters
The lab activity described here was created by Martos Hoffman of TERC and John McDaris of SERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives In this introductory activity, students view and interpret ...

Lab 2: Hurricane Anatomy
The lab activity described here was created by John McDaris of SERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students view and explore a variety of different hurricane visualizations: movies of ...

Lab 3: Putting Hurricanes on the Calendar
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students explore NOAA's official record of tropical storms and hurricanes, then ...

Hot Water and Hurricanes
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students explore issues related to the rapid intensification of hurricanes. They ...

Hurricanes and Heat Transfer
The lab activity described here was created by John McDaris of SERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives In this activity students investigate how hurricanes transfer heat by conducting ...

Death and Destruction
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students search for images and video that illustrate the dangers that hurricanes pose ...

Lab 6: Why Keep an Eye on the Barometer?
The lab activity described here was created by Martos Hoffman and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students graph the relationship between air pressure and wind ...

Lab 4: Putting Hurricanes on the Map
The lab activity described here was created by LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students select a storm from the HURDAT database and create its track in the ...

Lab 2: What's a Watershed?
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. The hands-on activity in Part A is adapted from similar lessons by ...

Lab 4: When Precipitation Patterns Change
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives In this activity students develop a ...

Lab 5: Droughts of the Past
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives America's most famous drought ...

Lab 7: Is Your Region Ready for a Drought?
The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of Phoenix Country Day School and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives In this lab, students apply the ...

ConcepTest: Stream Baseflow During Droughts
What happens to the volume of water that passes from groundwater to streams during a prolonged drought? a. it increases b. it decreases c. no change

ConcepTest: Hydrologic Cycle #13
The following diagram illustrates the Hydrologic Cycle. What would happen to the process identified by arrow 8 during a prolonged drought? a. Increase b. Decrease c. Can not be determined

GOES Hurricane Linda

This NASA lithograph presents a GOES satellite image of Hurricane Linda as it approached Baja, California on September 12, 1997. A brief explanation of how hurricanes are formed and a classroom ...

Counting on the Havoc of Hurricanes: Comparing Statistics of Hurricane Floyd to Other Hurricanes

In this lesson from the New York Times Learning Network, students define and classify the various ways in which numbers are used in forecasting and coping with the effects of a hurricane. This is ...




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