Students in World Geography participated in a water scarcity activity to demonstrate the lack of water for population needs in the Middle East. They began by figuring out the ratio of how much fresh water the Middle East has and how much water is utilized for agriculture, industry, and human consumption. Using this determined ratio, students were given 28 ounces of fresh water to fill 10 five-ounce cups. Each cup represented a need: seven were for agriculture, two for industries, and one for human consumption. As a group they had to decide how their limited supply of water would be allocated while considering the needs of their population. After distributing their water, they reflected on whether their population’s needs were met, discuss why they chose certain areas over others, and what the consequences could be from the shortage.



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