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Lesson: Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions?
Learners work in a group of three with a three lesson jigsaw on the drought in California.
1. Divide the class into home groups of 3. Each member is then a signed a specific Lesson A, B or C (below). Each student reviews the media within the assigned lesson individually, then convene in a group with others that have been assigned the same lesson (all the A’s, B’s and C’s form three groups). The students then work with their specific group to come to a collective understanding of the media within the lesson and respond to individual prompts within lessons.
Lesson code (needed by students to access lesson): happy835
Lesson code (needed by students to access lesson): bee225
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2. Home groups then reconvene. Groups then share what they learned from their media lesson with each other to come to a larger understanding.
3. Each student then decides on a claim in response to the initial query. Students either individually or with a partner who shares their viewpoint create a storyboard to justify their claim. Storyboards are a way to illustrate a concept or topic through a collection of videos, text and images. These can then be shared or critiqued by other students using a rubric, and then used to create debates or further research.
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Water Worries, California’s ‘Water Cop’ Urges Residents to Take Drought Seriously with Mandatory Restrictions
California is now in the third year of its worst drought since the 1970s. Explore the scale of the problem with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from July 17, 2014. Despite a drought emergency, consumption actually rose in May. But under new rules starting August 1, people who waste water on lawns and car washing could be fined up to $500 a day.
How California Distributes Its Water in Dry Times: Percent and Proportions
In this infographic, explore the math of water use, water rationing, and drought in California, with a focus on percentage and proportion.
Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight
This audio report from NPR explores the question that the state of California is asking right now that people often fight over: What's a fair way to divide up something that's scarce and valuable? That "something," in this case, is water. This year, some farmers will get water, and others will not, simply based on when their land was first irrigated.
Indoor/Outdoor Residential Water Use in California
This resource compares data about indoor and outdoor residential water use in northern and southern sites in an infographic from KQED and the California Single Family Water Use Efficiency Study.
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