Lesson Plans

SBAR Lesson Plans were collaboratively created by educators, graduate fellows and SBAR staff. Where noted, some of the following are adaptations of previously published lessons. We look forward to educators using these lessons in their own communities and contexts.

Agriculture in Arid Regions: An Introduction

Agriculture in Arid Regions PowerPoint

Author: Arisbeth Ibarra Nieblas, Melissa Wilburn, and Corey Knox

Subject/Class: Science

Grade Level: 6th – 8th grades

Summary: In this lesson, students are introduced to the importance of agriculture in Arizona and the factors that influence what crops are grown and the resources involved (water). Students participate in activities and discussions related to choices and factors that must be considered from both an economic and environmental perspective related to land use and agriculture.

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Guayule in a Bottle

Guayule in a Bottle PowerPoint

Adapted from Teaching Engineering: Biodomes Engineering Design Project teachengineering.org

Author: Holly Barton, M.S., and Priscilla Fischback

Subject: Science, engineering

Grades: 6th – 8th grades

Summary: In this one to two week lesson, students conduct an experiment comparing a high water use seed/seedling and a low water/drought-resistant plant (Guayule).  Other low water use plants can be used in place of Guayule if it isn’t available.  Through this experiment, students make connections to water use and sustainable agriculture in arid lands.

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What and Why of Deserts

What and Why of Deserts lesson plan

Author: Traci Klein and Matthew Katterman

Subject: Science

Grade Level: 6th – 8th grades

Summary:  This lesson explains what a desert is and describes contributors to the creation of deserts, such as Hadley Cells and the rain shadow effect. It includes an experiment to demonstrate how temperature affects density and the flow of the atmosphere.

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Plant Adaptations for Arid Lands

Plant Adaptations for Arid Lands

Author: Traci Klein and Matthew Katterman

Subject: Science

Grades: 6th – 8th grades

Summary: This lesson introduces students to the idea of biological adaptation and explains how plants adapt to a desert environment. Students will get to create their own imaginary plant that is adapted to the desert.

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What is a Bioeconomy?

"What Is Bioeconomy?" title slide

Author: Arisbeth Ibarra Nieblas

Subject/Class: Science

Grade Level: 6th – 8th grades

Summary: This lesson introduces students to the concept of a bioecomony. Students gain an understanding of the environmental impacts and processes of commonly used products.

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Droughts: Causes and Types

Droughts Causes and Types Title Slide

Author: Rodrigo Rosales, Cathy Bradley, and Karina G. Martinez-Molina

Subject/Class: Science

Grade Level: 6th – 8th grade

Summary: Students will analyze data to recognize drought conditions and participate in group discussions on the causes and signs of droughts. Students will create an informative and illustrative model presentation that identifies the different types of droughts and drought conditions that may exist in their local area using science vocabulary, claims, evidence, and reasoning.

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Droughts: Causes and Types - Lesson Files

What are Bioproducts?

What are Bioproducts Title slide

Author: Arisbeth Ibarra Nieblas

Subject/Class: Science

Grade Level: 6th – 8th grade

Summary: This lesson introduces students to the concept of a bioeconomy and what makes a bioproduct. Students gain an understanding of the environmental impacts and processes of commonly used products.

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