Lesson ideas

14th March 2003 at 00:00
KS2: most of the most popular options for world history centre on river valley civilisations - Egypt, Sumer, the Indus Valley. Focus the enquiry on the importance of water to this early civilisation: Why did the civilisation you are investigating begin by a river? What did the river provide? How was it used? How much did people change its natural course, to irrigate crops or supply human needs? What records are there of agreements, rules, government regulations? Finally, what is the importance of the river to the people living there now?

KS4: What are the 17 countries make use of the waters of the River Danube? How many are members of the European Union? In what ways might belonging to the same organisation help to reach agreements over water use?

Break into groups of five to represent the five members of the Joint Water Committee of the River Jordan: Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon.

Use a physical features map showing rivers and hills to discuss how you can co-operate. Who controls the hills where rivers rise? Who controls the agricultural plains where the water is used? What deals can you make? Why would war be bad for all the members?

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now