The Dust Bowl (Part 1 of 2)

Students explore a variety of sources to answer the question: What was the Dust Bowl? They listen to personal stories of people who experienced the Dust Bowl, hear accounts by historians who have studied the Dust Bowl, and analyze the lyrics of Woody Guthrie’s song, “The Great Dust Storm.”

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The Dust Bowl (Part 2 of 2)

Students connect the Dust Bowl to the concept of sustainability, identifying examples of economic, social, and environmental stress in the historical case study. In this Part 2 lesson, students investigate the cause of the Dust Bowl by examining evidence to identify multiple contributing factors.

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Water Scarcity Webquest

Through an online investigation, students learn more about sustainable uses of water. Students use a selection of online sources to gather information and synthesize takeaways. This lesson requires the use of individual or partner technology.

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Contemporary Case Study (Checkpoint Assessment)

Through this Essential Question, students have explored what happens when the pillars of sustainability are stressed. This final lesson may be used as a checkpoint assessment of cumulative learning throughout this Essential Question. Here, students apply their learning to a contemporary case study about a farming town struggling during a drought.

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Natural Resources of the US

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Essential Question

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What happens if the pillars of sustainability are stressed?

Students investigate contemporary and historical case studies in which the three pillars of sustainability are stressed. They learn about the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and think critically about the sources they encounter in the examination.

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