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Climate Change


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


World Languages, Spanish


120 minutes

Regional Focus

South and Central America


Google Docs, Google Slides


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¿Qué Valores Necesitamos Para Vivir Bien?

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Sep 29, 2023
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In this lesson, students identify the causes and consequences of climate change, explore the Indigenous cosmovision of El Buen Vivir, and reflect on the values needed to live within the ecological limits of the planet.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students brainstorm what it means to “live well” from different perspectives.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a video, participate in a collaborative activity to explore the causes and consequences of climate change, and reflect on how climate change interferes with living well.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about the Indigenous cosmovision of El Buen Vivir and identify values in their own culture that can help address climate change.

Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson integrates interpersonal and presentational speaking skills with listening and reading activities from authentic Spanish-language sources.

  • Students make interdisciplinary connections to science and global challenges.

  • Students explore the diversity of Indigenous cultures in Latin America and are exposed to women who are Indigenous leaders.

  • Many activities are student-led and reinforce new vocabulary in multi-modal ways.

  • Answer keys are provided for the listening activities.

  • The teacher can leave the posters or artwork visible in the classroom to refer back to when discussing values related to other topics or units later in the year.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a minimum of novice-high proficiency to complete the activities in this lesson.

  • Students should have a basic understanding of some natural cycles of the Earth in order to complete the activity in the Investigate section without teacher support.


  • Teachers can divide this lesson into two or more class periods as needed. For example, students can complete the Inquire and Investigate sections in one class period, complete the reading and video comprehension activities for homework, then complete the Inspire section in a second class period.

  • Teachers can extend the Inspire section to two class periods to accommodate in-class presentations or ask students to record their presentations for homework.

Scientist Notes

The lesson highlights the importance of protecting nature and recognizes the role played by Indigenous Peoples in protecting biodiversity and living well with nature. Students will find this lesson promising and insightful as it prepares them to be environmental stewards. All the materials are credible, and this lesson is recommended for teaching.

La lección destaca la importancia de proteger la naturaleza y reconoce el papel que juegan los pueblos indígenas en la protección de la biodiversidad y vivir bien con la naturaleza. Los estudiantes encontrarán esta lección prometedora y perspicaz, ya que los prepara para ser administradores ambientales. Todos los materiales tienen buenas fuentes y esta lección se recomienda para la enseñanza.


Primary Standards

  • World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (ACTFL)
    • Communication: Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes.
      • 1.1 Interpersonal Communication: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
      • 1.2 Interpretive Communication: Learners understand,interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
      • 1.3 Presentational Communication: Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.
    • Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
      • 3.2 Acquiring Information and Diverse Perspectives: Learners access and evaluate information and diverse perspectives that are available through the language and its cultures.
    • Cultures: Interact with cultural competence and understanding.
      • 2.1 Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives: Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
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