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Testing Bangladesh's Waters: Evaluating an Environmental Crisis in the Geography Class DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this lesson, students assess the causes and effects of massive arsenic contamination in the water supplies of 43 of Bangladesh's 64 districts. Students evaluate why this contamination occurred, how it affects the population of Bangladesh, and why this environmental catastrophe is proving so difficult to solve.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company Teachers of grades 3 through 12, or parents of children of like age(collectively, "Educators"), may print and reproduce full in print format for students the crossword puzzle, daily news quiz, daily lesson plan, lesson plans from the lesson plan archive, the related lesson plan article and resources, as those materials are so labeled on The Learning Network (collectively, the "Content") for classroom and instructional use only and not for resale or redistribution.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-319
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties and changes of properties in matter
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Risks and benefits
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Geochemical cycles
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
        • Personal and community health
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Alison Zimbalist
The New York Times Learning Network

Author: Barry Bearak
The New Yotk Times Learning Network