Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students discuss and evaluate artwork by Jill Pelto, investigate renewable and nonrenewable energy, and demonstrate their learning through writing or drawing. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss and evaluate artwork by Jill Pelto and learn more about her career.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn the definitions of renewable and nonrenewable energy, read Sven's Search for Clean Energy, and take notes on renewable and nonrenewable energy.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students write a paragraph or draw a comic to demonstrate their new knowledge.
Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,Visual and Performing Arts
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In this lesson, students learn about deforestation, analyze paintings featuring deforestation themes, and then have the choice to learn about Wangari Maathai or design a climate action plan related to deforestation. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students activate background knowledge about deforestation, watch a timelapse video of deforestation, and learn the different parts of the word "deforestation."

Step 2 - Investigate: Students analyze and reflect upon two paintings featuring themes of deforestation.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students watch a video about climate activist Felix Finkbeiner and choose one of two options: learn more about Felix's inspiration Wangari Maathai or design a climate action plan related to deforestation.
Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,Visual and Performing Arts
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In this lesson, students view images of plastic pollution around the world, watch a video on plastic pollution, and analyze artwork about plastic pollution.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students complete a KWL on plastic pollution and view six images of plastic pollution around the world.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a video on plastic pollution and discuss.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students analyze artwork with a partner and then choose one artwork to analyze using the art critique star.
Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,Visual and Performing Arts
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In this lesson, students learn about youth activists around the world, choose an environmental campaign, and collect data to support their campaign.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students share their concerns about the environment and assess their ability to make change.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students either watch a video about a youth activist in Wisconsin, USA and conduct research on youth activists or listen to a read aloud of the book Old Enough to Save the Planet.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students choose an environmental campaign. Students create a piece of writing about the campaign, create a data collection plan, and collect data.
Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Social Studies,Earth and Space Sciences,Civics
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This lesson engages students with identifying their own emotions through responding to artworks with body language, facial expressions, and their own artwork. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students identify different emotions and identify their emotional responses to artworks.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students engage with their emotions and share their emotions about climate change artworks.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students share their emotional responses through the creation of a collaged emotions artwork.
Grade k-2
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
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This lesson guides students to explore color in art and the connection of color to emotions. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students explore colors, matching colors that relate to how they are feeling.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students investigate climate change artworks and identify colors and the feeling connected to that artwork.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create their own color artwork to demonstrate a chosen feeling related to an artwork they are viewing.
Grade k-2
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
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This lesson engages students with an environmental issue and allows them to use their artistic skills to create an artwork about caring for the oceans. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students read Somebody Swallowed Stanley and discuss the colors and emotions in the book.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students practice art techniques.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create artworks about oceans and display them around their school or local community for others to view.
Grade k-2
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
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This lesson engages students with various animations about climate change topics. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students view a climate change animation video, discuss the content, and describe what defines something as an animation. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch multiple animations in varying forms, recording their reactions, emotions, and thoughts towards the animations.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on their new knowledge by writing a paragraph or creating a comic strip.
Grade 3-5
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
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This lesson introduces students to stop motion animation and educates students on concerns about bird populations in New Jersey. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch stop motion videos and discuss the techniques. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students investigate the decrease in bird populations in New Jersey due to climate change.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students work collaboratively to plan a presentation to create awareness and advocate for change to protect bird populations in their local area.
Grade 3-5
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
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In this lesson, students watch videos and learn about photography to implement photography techniques in their stop motion projects.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch stop motion animation videos about climate change to identify techniques. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students view photographs to learn about varying photography techniques to use in their stop motion projects. 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students complete the Stop Motion Plan Review, adding photography techniques and other details to their plan.
Grade 3-5
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
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This lesson will guide students through the process of creating and reviewing their stop motion animation video. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video on art and activism.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students spend time creating their video in their groups.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on each other's videos, writing about the techniques used, the feelings the creators achieved, and the success for awareness of the climate change issue.
Grade 3-5
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
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This lesson guides students to create their own education project as a means of informing and inspiring positive change.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss what education and climate change are and whether they think education can be a solution to climate change.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students participate in a class activity to determine if learning new information can impact people’s intentions or behavior.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a climate change education project to educate members of their family, classroom, school, or community.
Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies
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