Dams and Reservoirs: Benefits and Drawbacks | Video, Handout, and Worksheets

Dynamic Earth Learning
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Resource Type
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  • Google Apps™
6 pages
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This lesson explores the various functions of dams and reservoirs, including irrigation, hydroelectric power generation, water supply, and flood control. The lesson also discusses the environmental and social costs associated with dams, including changing aquatic ecosystems, sedimentation, greenhouse gas emissions, evaporation, seismic activity, and population displacement. The lesson concludes with some suggestions for minimizing the negative impacts of dams and exploring alternative sources of energy.

In this environmental science lesson, students watch a short video, read an article, and then complete worksheets that prompt them to consider the impact of dams and reservoirs on the environment.


- Video mp4 file

- Handout PDF file

- Worksheets in 3 formats: Google, fillable PDF, and fully editable

- Link to blog with embedded video (in worksheet)

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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