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National Geographic Xpeditions: Oil and Water in the Middle East Region DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this lesson, students explore the roles of oil and water in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. They use maps to look at the distribution of oil in the Middle East and discuss what it means for the different countries in the region. They also examine how water has influenced the region historically and politically (for example, how Iraq's access to water is limited to one small part of its border). Finally, they will study specific aspects of Iraq's struggles with water, using satellite imagery to understand and illustrate the problem. One of the strongest parts of this lesson are its links to sites that specifically address water and conflict in this region of the world, an issue that is certainly key to building an understanding of the Middle East.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Climatology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-230
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural resources
        • Population growth
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • Human systems:
      • How forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface
      • The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface
      • The characteristics, distributions, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics
      • The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface
      • The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the past
      • How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Geograhic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/