Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about habitats and how plants, prey, and predators interact based on their needs. Students see how factors like warming temperatures and human interactions can alter habitats and affect wildlife.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch trail camera clips to note the biodiversity in a habitat.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students play the Biodiversity Game to simulate the interactions between living things.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students sketch a picture showing an interaction they had during the game and explain it using cause and effect language.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Biology
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students use a base number to compare the numbers of extinct, endangered, and vulnerable species and consider how to help protect animals and plants.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students estimate the number of living things in a group to get a sense of the large number of species in the world.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students write numbers to represent the number of living things on the IUCN's Red List.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students compare and contrast numbers to compare groups of living things, reflecting on how to help living things in their community.

Grade k-2
Subject Mathematics
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about how people are protecting living things and create their own plan to protect living things.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about how artists are helping species in critical categories on the Red List.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a video illustrating the actions taken by humans to help protect a species.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students design a solution to help a living thing. 

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Biology
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students make personal connections to water while introducing the types and locations of water in the world. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students listen to a story about getting wet and write about their own interactions with water.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students view graphics and obtain background knowledge about the types and locations of water in the world.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students engage in a series of yoga poses to learn more about estuaries and make connections between estuaries and the concepts they learned in the Investigate section.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Biology
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students investigate why sea level rise is occurring and consider how people’s actions can alter its course.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students complete a coloring activity to represent the changes in sea level rise, offer ideas about why this is happening, and discuss its implications and their feelings about it.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students test their ideas about why the sea level is rising, discover their misconceptions, and confirm predictions.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students link art to awareness and brainstorm ideas for how to spread knowledge about sea level rise in their own community.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about science experiments, design and execute an experiment to learn about what plants need to survive, and communicate their findings to others.


Step 1 - Inquire:  Students observe the differences between freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater in order to make predictions about what plants need to survive.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students design and carry out an experiment to test their predictions about what plants need to survive. 


Step 3 - Inspire: Students use their findings to add information to their art project.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Biology
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students reflect on how salt affects plants, learn how some communities are finding ways to grow plants in saltier conditions, and create a mural to share their learning with the community.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students reflect on the results of the experiment in Lesson 3 and the effects of salt on plants.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students read about the effects of salinity on crops around the world and consider the requirements for plant survival in a different context.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students combine knowledge from Lessons 1-4 of the unit and create a mural to educate their community.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Biology,Visual and Performing Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students read charts and graphs about weather, climate, and climate change and represent data in a graph.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students compare types of data representation using a matching game.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students analyze data representation in relation to their understanding of weather, climate, and climate change.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students represent data in a graph and make predictions based on evidence.

Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,Mathematics
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Read-Aloud Guides
This read aloud is an entry point to discussing the importance of water in our lives. Students will listen to a story about a young child who interacts with water throughout the day. Students will make connections to their own lives and consider where and how they use water.
Grade k-2
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Read-Aloud Guides

Worksheets
In this activity, students engage with reading, writing, and comparing numbers to better understand the effects of human activity on the world’s organisms. Each section of the 1,000 Number Packet highlights a different species whose habitat has been impacted by climate change. 
Grade k-2
Subject Mathematics
Resource Type Worksheets

Worksheets
In this activity, students will research and write about a threatened species from their area. This activity encourages students to consider how to help a species that may be threatened due to climate change, which is an entry point into a discussion about how our actions may be harmful or helpful to other living things. 
Grade k-2
Subject Science,English Language Arts
Resource Type Worksheets

Book
Through this book, students will learn about the impacts of sea level rise on farming communities in Bangladesh. There are three versions of the text representing varying Lexile levels.
Grade k-2
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Book

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Bundle
In this resource, teachers can learn how to handle students' anxiety with understanding while providing a safe space to discuss and explore their feelings.
Grade k-2 | 3-5 | 6-8 | 9-12
Subject English Language Arts,Health
Resource Type Bundle

Book
Through this book, students will learn about the impacts of sea level rise on farming communities. There are three versions of the text representing varying Lexile levels.
Grade k-2
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Book

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Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students act as science communicators to explain patterns in temperature changes over time.


Inquire: Students are introduced to the STEM career of science communication, and learn key information about the job.

Investigate: Students consider the best methods for sharing weather and climate data with a specific audience.

Inspire: Students share climate data as science communicators.
Grade 3-5
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan
Students read and analyze information about where we get our seafood and sustainable seafood practices.

Inquire: Students read and view information to answer, “Where do we get our seafood?”

Investigate: Students read and view information about methods of catching and raising fish for food and its impact on communities and ecosystems.

Inspire: Students read about sustainable practices and consider if the sources of seafood in their community are sustainable.
Grade 6-8
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Worksheets
This activity acts as an anticipation guide to learn what knowledge students already have about climate change.
Grade 3-5
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Worksheets

Book
In this decodable book, students will learn how to use a "sit spot" or a quiet place in nature to observe and notice animals and plants in their area. This encourages students to notice the natural world around them and engenders a desire to protect it. The book features r-controlled vowels, high-frequency words, words with consonant blends, short vowels, and long vowels using silent e.
Grade k-2
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Book