Teaching Drought with Britannica School

September 3, 2018

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With large parts of Australia stricken by drought, help your primary and middle school students develop a contextual understanding of this trending topic using these inquiry based activities.

Last month, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported that nationally, Australia was experiencing the driest July since 2002. The ABC News website's coverage states that "some are calling [this] the worst drought in living memory."

("Full coverage: Australia's drought crisis", ABC News, last accessed 03 Sep 2018)

As the drought continues to devastate Australian farmers and agriculture, help your students gain an understanding of this natural disaster, and why its effects on our society and environment can be so catastrophic and wide-reaching.


The following lesson plans are compiled using content from Britannica School and third party sources.

Lesson Plan: Foundation - 2

This unit sets out to help students develop an understanding of drought in Australia and it's impact on people and places.

Lesson Plan: Years 6 - 8

Students investigate the cause and complexity of drought and climate variability, examine the social and environmental consequences of drought and devise solutions to combat water shortage.


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