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

International Thirst: Scarcity Across the Sea

Time: 60 mins ,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will:

  • Review information concerning the current 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 worldwide 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 “Thirst” by Varsha Bajaj, “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park and “The Water Princess” by Susan Verde.

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Current reports state that half of the world’s population could be living in countries facing water by2025. In this webinar educators will learn that the lack of safe water has dire consequences. When water is scare not only is access to water for drinking and basic hygiene threatened, but sewage systems can fail resulting in outbreaks of diseases. 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.