Water Shortage! How Would You Handle This Water Crisis?

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Link to Resource: https://water.usgs.gov/edu/activity-shortage.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Summary:You've got a water shortage in your city. Because of the growing population, demand for more water, and the ongoing drought, you're running out of water! You are the mayor -- you are in charge. How will you solve the problem, since you want to do what's best for your community (and get re-elected)? There are two things you can do, increase the supply of water and/or decrease the demand for water. By using the form, give your opinions on what measures you'd use to tackle the problem (which is a real situation happening in many places all over the world every day). Start a class discussion about why you think some measures would work and some wouldn't. The discussion will get more complicated than you think!
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 5; Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.C; ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-2; MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; high school; middle school; usgs; water; water availability; water resources; water use
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