Subjects & Disciplines
- Outline cause-and-effect relationships between snowpack, glaciers and humans.
- Use tables, graphs, charts, articles, and maps to obtain information about how humans use water.
- Collect evidence that humans impact resources in ecosystems, particularly freshwater.
- Understand that there is inequity in water access across the world.
- Gather evidence that humans impact the environment and use resources.
- Outline cause-and-effect relationships between snowpack and glaciers and humans.
- Ask questions to clarify factors that have led to increased glacial melting and reduced snowpack over time.
- Understand how waste can impact watersheds.
- Brainstorm ways science can be communicated through a public outreach campaign.
- Write a scientific argument that claims that human population and consumption of resources in one location can impact another location's fresh water supply.
- Project-based learning
- Information organization
- Multimedia instruction
- Visual instruction
- 21st Century Student Outcomes
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Developing and using models
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
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 pair, Monitor/screen, Projector, Speakers
- Heterogeneous grouping
- Large-group instruction
- Large-group learning
- Small-group instruction
- Small-group learning
- Small-group work
- Students should understand what freshwater is, the sources of freshwater, and know how Mount Everest connects to freshwater security.
Recommended Prior Lessons
the art and science of cultivating land for growing crops (farming) or raising livestock (ranching).
reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
atmospheric pressure as read by a barometer.
to state as the truth.
having to do with the day to day activities and upkeep of a personal residence such as a house, apartment, farm, or other estate.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
mass of ice that moves slowly over land.
activity that produces goods and services.
difference in size, amount, or quality between two or more things.
watering land, usually for agriculture, by artificial means.
highest spot on Earth, approximately 8,850 meters (29,035 feet). Mount Everest is part of the Himalaya and straddles the border of Nepal and China.
the number of people living in a set area, such as a square mile.
process of using evidence to make inferences or conclusions using logic.
ratio between the amount of water vapor in the air and the air's saturation point. Relative humidity is expressed as a percentage.
layers of snow that naturally build up during snowfalls.
degree of hotness or coldness measured by a thermometer with a numerical scale.
power plant that uses a temperature difference between two materials to generate electricity.
to recycle one or more items to create an object that is worth more than the original product.
elevated structure used for storing water.
movement of air (from a high pressure zone to a low pressure zone) caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic: Life at the Extremes
- National Snow and Ice Data Center: All About Glaciers: Glaciers and Climate Change