This interactive map allows students to see the current and historic drought conditions around the United States, including specific information about their impacts on agriculture and a drought outlook estimate.
The map shows drought conditions in the United States between 2000 and the present year, and is updated weekly.
Students will enjoy being able to search their own area or other places important to them.
This resource is very self-explanatory and easy to use.
Students should have an understanding of what droughts are and what causes them.
In order to use the resource independently, students should be comfortable reading maps and graphs.
This resource would work well to supplement a science class covering the water cycle, global climate change, or the needs of plants and animals.
Cross-curricular connections can be made in math classes using data and graphs or in health classes that are considering the health impacts of droughts on rural communities.
Younger students would benefit from the teacher showing the class an example location and looking at the graphs and additional information presented on each page.
Have students choose a location (or pick one at random for them) to research and share out their findings.
As an ongoing project, students can track drought conditions for a location over time, as the resource is updated weekly.
This map tracks the drought outlook in the USA. Students will find it easy to navigate the map in order to understand past, present, and future droughts and the level of vulnerabilities. This map is essential, as it provides accurate data for policymakers, planners, and households to prepare and build resilience to impending drought risks. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS2: Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.
HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.