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Topics

Citizenship, Discussion

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Duration

120 minutes

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

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Civics Lesson: Climate Action Plan

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Apr 13, 2024
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Synopsis
Students reflect on their feelings about climate change and create a plan to take meaningful action.

Inquire: Students reflect on their feelings about the climate crisis, the actions other young people are taking to solve it, and what they can do to be part of a climate solution movement.

Investigate: Students brainstorm climate action ideas and create goals using The Wild Center’s 8-Step Climate Action Project.

Inspire: Students apply the Climate Action Project design process to identify steps necessary to implement the solution to their school or community’s climate problem.
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Teaching Tips

Suggestions

  • The Investigate and Inspire sections can be completed in subsequent lessons. Additionally, the Inquire section could be extended into one class period for more discussion time.

  • The Climate Action Plan project is interdisciplinary in nature and can be initiated within any middle or high school classroom.

  • This lesson can also be used in high school student action, global citizenship or community partnership programs, student-run clubs, or after school enrichment programs.

  • This Climate Action Plan provides project-based, collaborative, and service learning opportunities.

  • This lesson empowers students to act locally by designing and implementing a real-life project to reduce carbon pollution at their school or within their community.

  • The lesson provides opportunities for brainstorming, small group work, and team-building activities that highlight the importance of diverse voices, social justice issues, and community.

  • Teachers using this plan as a year-long implementation project should teach this lesson early in the school year.

Prerequisites

Differentiation

Scientist Notes

By learning about eco-anxiety, students can feel more comfortable putting forth practical solutions to address climate-related problems in their schools, local communities, and society at large. This lesson has passed our science review process.

Standards

Primary Standards

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
      • D4.8.9-12 Apply a range of deliberative and democratic strategies and procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms, schools, and out-of-school civic contexts.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
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  • I like how this lesson plan encourages students to take action on climate change! Lessons like this are so vital! 😊😊
    1 week ago