Lesson Plans

SubjectToClimate
Grades 9-12
75 mins
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How Should the Federal Government Spend Our Money?

This lesson plan connects intergenerational justice with the federal budget.

Topics: Government, National Economy
Subjects: Civics, Social Studies
Types: Articles and Websites, Charts, Graphs, and Tables, Lesson Plans, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
80 mins
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Wangari Maathai & Deforestation

This lesson introduces African environmentalist Wangari Maathai and links deforestation with the concepts of governance, poverty, and income opportunities for women in Kenya.

Topic: Physical Geography
Subjects: Geography, Social Studies
Types: Articles and Websites, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
80 mins
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Redlining & Environmental Racism

This lesson plan connects redlining with current issues of environmental and racial justice.

Topics: American History: 1865-Present, Body Systems, Government, Human Geography
Subjects: Civics, Geography, History, Social Studies
Types: Articles and Websites, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
45 mins
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Earth’s Vital Signs: An Exploration

This lesson is an exploration of climate change data, including greenhouse gases, global temperature, ice melt, and sea level rise.

Topic: Climate Change
Subjects: Earth and Space Sciences, Science
Types: Articles and Websites, Interactive Media
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
55 mins
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Cities, Trees & Inequality

This lesson is about the distribution and density of trees in urban areas and how that relates to environmental justice.

Topic: Human Geography
Subjects: Geography, Social Studies
Types: Articles and Websites, Interactive Media, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
60 mins
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“Pale Blue Dot, We Will Fail You Not”: A Poetry Lesson

In this lesson, students will analyze Amanda Gorman's poem "Earthrise" and write their own poetry.

Topic: Poetry Writing
Subject: English Language Arts
Types: Ebooks, Lesson Plans, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
60 mins
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Write Your Own Ekphrastic Poem

This lesson features powerful imagery from the climate crisis, inspired by the California wildfires.

Topic: Poetry Writing
Subject: English Language Arts
Types: Articles and Websites, Lesson Plans, None
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
60 mins
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Is This Greenwashing?

In this lesson, students learn about greenwashing, watch a series of videos, and write a paragraph arguing if an advertisement is greenwashing or not.

Topic: CER Writing
Subject: English Language Arts
Types: Articles and Websites, Lesson Plans, Scientific Papers or Reports, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
55 mins
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What’s the Worst Impact of Climate Change?

In this lesson, students learn about climate change, choose one impact of climate change, and write a claim-evidence-reasoning paragraph explaining why they believe it is the worst impact of climate change.

Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Subject: English Language Arts
Types: Lesson Plans, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
45 mins
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The Carbon Footprint of Food

This lesson shows that different foods have different environmental impacts.

Topic: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
Subject: Mathematics
Types: Articles and Websites, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
100 mins
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Calculate Your Own Carbon Footprint

In this lesson, students calculate their own carbon footprint using Peter Kalmus's methodology in his book Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution.

Topic: Arithmetic Operations
Subject: Mathematics
Types: Charts, Graphs, and Tables, Ebooks, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
85 mins
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So How Should We Get There?

This lesson features a comparison of different travel options from New York City to six other cities.

Topic: Arithmetic Operations
Subject: Mathematics
Types: Charts, Graphs, and Tables, Ebooks, Lesson Plans, None, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
55 mins
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What’s the Best Solution to Climate Change?

In this lesson, students learn about climate change, choose one solution to climate change, and write a claim-evidence-reasoning paragraph explaining why they believe it is the best solution to climate change.

Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Subject: English Language Arts
Types: Articles and Websites, Lesson Plans, Videos
SubjectToClimate (NJ adapted)
Grades 6-8
55 mins
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Impacts of Extreme Rainfall and Sea Level Rise in New Jersey

In this lesson, students explore increased precipitation and sea level rise in New Jersey and advocate for a climate adaptation strategy.

Topics: CER Writing, Citizenship, Climate Change
Subjects: Civics, Earth and Space Sciences, Science, Social Studies
Types: Activity - Classroom, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Podcasts, Projects, Scientific Papers or Reports, Videos
SubjectToClimate (NJ adapted)
Grades 6-8
55 mins
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Electric Bikes or Electric Cars?

In this lesson, students conduct research on electric bicycles and electric cars, choose one of these technologies, and create a video promoting its use as a climate solution.

Topics: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Design Thinking, Life Literacies and Key Skills
Subjects: Career Skills, Computer Science, Economics, Social Studies
Types: Articles and Websites, Charts, Graphs, and Tables, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Projects, Videos
SubjectToClimate (NJ adapted)
Grades 6-8
60 mins
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Climate Change and Public Health

In this lesson, students explore how climate change is impacting public health in New Jersey, understand the difference between climate mitigation and climate adaptation, and create a video advocating for a climate adaptation strategy related to public health in New Jersey.

Topics: Public Health, Public Speaking
Subjects: English Language Arts, Health
Types: Activity - Classroom, Articles and Websites, Lesson Plans, Projects, Videos
SubjectToClimate (NJ adapted)
Grades 6-8
85 mins
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Redlining, Tree Equity, and Environmental Racism

In this lesson, students learn how redlining connects to tree equity and racial justice.

Topics: American History: 1865-Present, Government, Human Geography
Subjects: Civics, Geography, History, Social Studies
Types: Articles and Websites, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans
SubjectToClimate (NJ adapted)
Grades 6-8
55 mins
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What's the Worst Impact of Climate Change in New Jersey?

In this lesson, students choose one impact of climate change affecting New Jersey and write a claim-evidence-reasoning (CER) paragraph.

Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Subjects: Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Science
Types: Articles and Websites, Charts, Graphs, and Tables, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Podcasts, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
180 mins
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Hip-Hop and Climate Change

In this lesson, students explore the intersection of music and climate change and create their own original rap songs.

Topic: Creative Writing
Subjects: English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts
Types: Articles and Websites, Lesson Plans, None, Videos
SubjectToClimate
Grades 6-8
80 mins
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A Look at Cancer Alley, Louisiana

In this lesson, students explore an interactive map, learn about Cancer Alley, and take concrete action to address environmental injustice.

Topics: American History: 1865-Present, Human Geography
Subjects: Geography, History, Social Studies
Types: Articles and Websites, Charts, Graphs, and Tables, Lesson Plans, Videos