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Living with Less Water

60 minutes
Film is 8 minutes
Primary subjects: 
English, Environmental Education, Geography, Reading or Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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Students watch the short film, When a Town Runs Dry by Joris Debeij, which examines the impact of the California drought on residents of Stratford, a small, Central Valley farming town. The Central Valley of California is the country’s most productive agricultural region and has been hard hit by the drought that has affected the western U.S. for the last 15 years. In this lesson, students explore environmental changes in their neighborhoods and towns and discuss the reverberating impacts of drought on human and natural resources. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

Key objectives for students
In this lesson, students watch a film about a California farming town impacted by the drought and explore the effects of environmental change.
Topics
Drought, Connection to home, Effects of climate change, Effects of environmental change, sustainability
Skills
Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Empathy, Resilience
Methods
Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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