Subjects & Disciplines
- Explain reasons for the urgency of water conservation.
- Understand the role of watersheds in water security.
- Locate their own watershed.
- Understand the impact of humans on water resources within watersheds (in terms of pollution and water availability).
- Explain why freshwater is in short supply.
- Identify sources of freshwater.
- Create a cause and effect pathway between the snowpack and glaciers and the population of the Ganges Basin.
- Understand that water is a natural resource on which humans rely.
- Explain the reasons for the urgency of water conservation.
- Orient to the National Geographic Extreme Expedition to Mount Everest and the project for the Peak Water: Mount Everest and Global Water Supply unit.
- Understand that water is a natural resource that humans rely on.
- Project-based learning
- Multimedia instruction
- 21st Century Student Outcomes
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
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
- Jigsaw grouping
- Large-group instruction
- Large-group learning
- Small-group instruction
- Small-group learning
- Students will be more successful in this activity if they have a foundational understanding of what freshwater is, what watersheds are, and why freshwater is so scarce.
- Students should have an understanding of what freshwater is and why freshwater is important.
Recommended Prior Lessons
an underground layer of rock or earth which holds groundwater.
an entire river system or an area drained by a river and its tributaries. Also called a watershed.
water that is not salty.
(2,495 kilometers/1,550 miles) river in South Asia that originates in the Himalaya and empties into the Bay of Bengal. Also called the Ganga.
large glacier in the Himalaya Mountains, the source of the Ganges (Ganga) River.
mass of ice that moves slowly over land.
water found in an aquifer.
source of a river.
having to do with the study of water.
body of water surrounded by land.
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.
large stream of flowing fresh water.
land drained by a river and its tributaries
promotion of hygiene, health, and cleanliness.
layers of snow that naturally build up during snowfalls.
stream that feeds, or flows, into a larger stream.
situation when the amount of water available does not meet the amount of water needed or wanted by a population.
entire river system or an area drained by a river and its tributaries.
situation faced by a nation or community when the amount of available water is less than 1,700 cubic meters per person.
elevated structure used for storing water.
threats to the supply of freshwater such as aquifer depletion, contamination from human and natural sources, and the effects of climate variability and change.