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Author

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Games
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation Slides
  • Worksheets
  • Videos

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Colorado

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides, PDF

HEART Force Drought Game

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Synopsis
  • In this game, students will learn about the causes of droughts, their effects on communities, and adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Students play the role of community members and work with their teams to invest in different resilience strategies to prepare for and respond to a drought.
  • The resource provides a brief video explanation of the game, a teacher guide, teacher slides, and PDFs of all game materials, including a game board, role cards, nametags, spinners, and reservoir markers.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students will love the teamwork and practicing their communication, reasoning, and negotiation skills.
  • The Teacher Guide is detailed and even includes a teacher script. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This game is part of a larger HEART Force curriculum. The resource recommends that classes use this after completing the Colorado Drought Lesson for middle or high school, which is linked at the top of the resource.
  • Students can play the game in one 40-60 minute class period.
  • Teachers must print, cut, and assemble materials, including water reservoir level markers, role cards, role nametags, and spinners.
  • Each student group will need a graduated cylinder and a pipette.
  • The resource is designed specifically for Colorado, but teachers can modify it to focus on other areas that experience drought by changing the trivia questions and adjusting the community roles if necessary.
  • The link for the HEART Force Community Resilience Expo Curriculum is broken. It can be found here.

Differentiation

  • Teachers should group students into three teams. Large teams encourage more cooperation and compromise.
  • Math classes can use this game to practice decision-making using probability and statistics.
  • Science classes can focus more on the causes and effects of droughts and the possible mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  • The Teacher Guide includes a list of closing reflection questions that teachers can use for individual written reflection, as a think-pair-share, or as a class discussion.
Scientist Notes

This resource is an interactive game, suitable for students to learn about drought and how they could respond to extreme drought conditions in their local community. The resource has already been reviewed by CLEAN scientists and having met our science review, we recommend it for teaching.

Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
      • D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability (6-8)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.SP.C.5 Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses the likelihood of the event occurring. Larger numbers indicate greater likelihood. A probability near 0 indicates an unlikely event, a probability around 1/2 indicates an event that is neither unlikely nor likely, and a probability near 1 indicates a likely event.
    • Statistics & Probability: Using Probability to Make Decisions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.MD.B.7 Analyze decisions and strategies using probability concepts (e.g., product testing, medical testing, pulling a hockey goalie at the end of a game).
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • CCC.Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction: Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. Deciphering causal relationships, and the mechanisms by which they are mediated, is a major activity of science and engineering.
      • HS-CCC-Cause and Effect.2. Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system.
    • CCC.Stability and Change: For both designed and natural systems, conditions that affect stability and factors that control rates of change are critical elements to consider and understand.
      • MS-CCC-Stability and Change.3. Stability might be disturbed either by sudden events or gradual changes that accumulate over time.
    • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
      • HS-ESS3-B. Natural hazards and other geologic events have shaped the course of human history; [they] have significantly altered the sizes of human populations and have driven human migrations. (HS-ESS3-1) (HS-ESS3-1)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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