Lesson Plan

Floods and Droughts and Water, Oh My!

Are your students ready for a challenge? In this science and language arts integrated lesson, students will not only learn about floods and droughts, but they will also brainstorm and develop solutions.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify key problems of floods and drought. Students will be able to develop solutions to help people during a flood or a drought. Students will be able to understand the differences between floods and droughts.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Drought and Flooding Writing PromptInvention BrainstormingWeather Disasters
  • Brainstorm the causes and effects of rain with the students. Potential questions include: What can happen when it doesn’t rain enough? What can happen when it rains too little?
  • Explain the difference between a drought, or a lack of rain, and a flood, or an overabundance of rain.
  • Tell the students that they will be learning more about the differences between floods and droughts and designing a solution to improve conditions when there is a flood or a drought.