Farming the Desert: Science Behind Desertification: EARTH A New Wild

Lesson plan with video, grades 6–12



In this lesson, students explore factors that contribute to desertification. Students learn about a farmer from Burkina Faso who halted desertification on his farmlands by implementing innovative farming techniques. Students conduct an in-depth analysis of rainfall data and NASA satellite images to understand how and why desertification happens. Finally, students create a survey to examine microclimates on their school grounds. This lesson is part of curriculum related to the PBS series Earth A New Wild and was developed in collaboration with PBS LearningMedia.


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  • Farming the Desert: The Science Behind Desertification
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desertification, EARTH A New Wild, Burkina Faso, farming, Africa, drought

Published December 2014, updated May 2016