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Major River Systems: Climate Change and the River Nile


As a High School Geography or Earth Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach about river systems, the important aspects of some of the major river systems of the world and how they may be affected by climate change.

This lesson plan can be used to teach about one or more river systems around the world; and their features that determine their significance for the region they flow through. The Nile is one of the longest rivers in the world and flows through 11 countries in North East Africa. This lesson plan includes resources to teach about its role in providing food and water security and in influencing the economies of these countries. This lesson plan also discusses the Nile as an example of a major river system affected by climate change.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Geography or Earth Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Understand river systems and their associated processes
  2. Learn about various aspects of some of the major river systems of the world
  3. Explain how river systems may be affected by climatic factors
  4. Discuss the impact of climate change on the river Nile

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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