- identify and analyze the role that stakeholders play in determining the outcome of a complex environmental decision
- identify various geographic and political factors that may influence the decision for the social issue they are exploring
- Cooperative learning
- Role playing
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per small group, Projector
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Recommended Prior Lessons
characterized by the absence of life or living organisms
having to do with water.
a dip or depression in the surface of the land or ocean floor.
having to do with living or once-living organisms.
decisions made by a group of individuals that account for the needs of many others.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
result or outcome of an action or situation.
disagreement or debate.
structure built across a river or other waterway to control the flow of water.
to argue or disagree in a formal setting.
large body of water in a desert region, often characterized by high salinity.
branch of biology that studies the relationship between living organisms and their environment.
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
incident or activity's total effect on the surrounding environment.
agricultural method that relies on silt left on a flood plain (following a flood) to cultivate crops.
having to do with places and the relationships between people and their environments.
the understanding of human and natural systems, geographic reasoning, and systematic decision-making.
single person's lifetime use of natural resources.
usable energy generated by moving water converted to electricity.
ethnic group that has lived in the same region for all of their known history.
Decisions that are made by an individual that only account for that individual's needs
results of an action or situation that are deliberately brought about and/or anticipated.
water, sediment, and chemicals discharged by a river or other flowing body of water.
having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
overflowing of a body of water from its banks, usually predicted by yearly rains or storms.
person or organization that has an interest or investment in a place, situation, or company.
the industry (including food, hotels, and entertainment) of traveling for pleasure.
results of an action or situation that are not deliberately brought about and/or anticipated.
toward an elevated part of a flow of fluid, or place where the fluid passed earlier.
birds that live near the water.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic Education: Wild Winds—Lake Turkana Wind Power Aims to Create Electricity for Kenya
- UNESCO: World Heritage—Lake Turkana National Parks
- Freshwater Ecoregions of the World: Lake Turkana
- National Science Teachers Association: Learning to Make Systematic Decisions
- National Geographic Magazine: Africa's Last Frontier
- Friends of Lake Turkana: Impact of the Dam
- International Rivers: Gibe III Dam Ethiopia
- Friends of Lake Turkana
- Encyclopedia of Earth: Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya
- International Rivers: List of Dam-Threatened World Heritage Sites