Grade 3-5, 6-8
On-Demand Webinar

A Parched Nation: Drought, National Disasters, and Contamination

Time: 60 mins,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will:

  • Review information concerning the national safe water crisis.
  • Relate the concepts of scarcity, allocation of limited resources, opportunity cost, and decision-making to the topic of water scarcity.
  • Learn how climate change will likely exacerbate a national water crisis.
  • Consider the cross curricular possibilities of the topic as related to the social sciences and STEM lessons.
  • Discuss class and wealth differences in relation to clean water accessibility.
  • Examine the children’s books “We Are the Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom and “When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water Crisis” by Nancy Castaldo.

This video is available to view for EconEdLink members only.


In the United States, water scarcity occurs when communities are unable to fulfill their basic water needs. This can be due to draught, limited supplies, or a failing infrastructure. In this webinar educators will learn that the lack of safe water has dire consequences. Along with current information concerning water scarcity, the session features interdisciplinary lessons, links to related websites, and titles for children’s books based on the dilemma of an inadequate water supply.