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In this lesson, students evaluate arguments and reasoning on the effects of climate change and advocate for climate change through a personal call to action. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students explore three different personal perspectives on how climate change has affected three different regions.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students identify three different personal calls to action and explore strategies in personal evidence and reasoning.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students identify their own personal perspective with climate change in their region and write their own call to action.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
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In this lesson, students learn the five climate zones in New Jersey and interpret facts into a poetic voice from the point of view of nature. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students explore two interactive maps showing increased precipitation and sea level rise in New Jersey. 


Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn the details and differences of the five climate zones in New Jersey. 


Step 3 - Inspire: Students read a short poem describing a zone of nature, choose one climate zone, and reinterpret the details and differences of the zone into a poem from nature’s point of view.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students explore four major categories of climate change, identify one to further research, and create a fact sheet. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students read New Jersey's Changing Climate and identify the four specific effects of climate change in New Jersey.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students discuss two open-ended questions related to the fact sheet.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students choose one category from the fact sheet and discussion, engage in their own research, and create their own fact sheet and infographic.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students explore the role of video games in bringing awareness to climate change and evaluate or design a climate change video game.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss the role of video games in education and behavior modification, sharing their personal experiences and thoughts.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students read an article on how the gaming industry is addressing its environmental impact and answer discussion questions.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students choose to evaluate the effectiveness of climate change games or design their own climate change video game.

Grade 9-12
Subject Computer Science
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In this lesson, students explore different methods of desalination. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students read two facts about the Earth’s water and share reactions. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a video on desalination and take notes.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students analyze two desalination processes, evaluate an at-home desalination model, and have the opportunity to build the desalination model.
Grade 9-12
Subject Computer Science
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students use New Jersey precipitation data to create graphs and discuss climate change.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss initial observations about a New Jersey precipitation data chart showing monthly and annual averages.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students explain the relationship of precipitation over time by graphing, finding the line of best fit, and finding the equation of the line.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students choose an independent activity, complete a short reading, and then apply their learning to a discussion about the relationship between precipitation and climate change.

Grade 9-12
Subject Mathematics
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In this lesson, students graph data to explore the relationship between maximum and minimum New Jersey temperatures over time.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students interact with two data tables showing maximum and minimum average temperatures in New Jersey.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students choose data to graph both max and min temperatures over time and discuss their findings.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students watch a video showing the current effects of temperature in New Jersey and explore the connection between the video’s information and their graph.

Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,Mathematics
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students discuss three effective strategies for talking about climate change, then write and present a speech using the three strategies.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students identify and discuss the communication disconnect between climate change scientists and everyday people.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a video and evaluate three effective communication strategies for climate change discussions.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students write and deliver a 3-5 minute speech on climate change.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn definitions of redlining and systemic racism and explore the Mapping Inequality tool.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore the connection between redlining and tree equity.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students share their new knowledge, discuss possible solutions to environmental inequality, and complete a written reflection.

Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies,Civics,History,Geography
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In this lesson, students learn about deforestation and climate change and respond by writing an ode or an elegy.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video showing deforestation and pick one region to further research the effects of climate change.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn the differences between an ode and an elegy and write a poem to the lost forests.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students share their poems and investigate possible solutions to deforestation.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students evaluate three slogans on climate awareness and advocacy and create their own artistic slogans with four specific types of parallel structure.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students evaluate visual and writing components of three slogans on climate change awareness and advocacy.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch introductory videos on climate change, take notes on the main ideas, reflect on meaningful evidence, and discuss the effectiveness of climate protests.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn four types of parallel structure and create slogans combining parallel structures, climate change facts, and art.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students learn the impacts of climate change on birds, explore the effectiveness of public art on climate change awareness, and synthesize informational texts into an essay.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video showing the effects of climate change on bird sizes and discuss their observations and questions.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore the art and artists of the Audubon Mural project, read an article, and discuss the effectiveness of art in climate change awareness.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about the personal beliefs of John J. Audubon, reflect on the relevance of these beliefs to the work of the Audubon Society, and respond in a persuasive or argumentative essay.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students explore various impacts of landfills, learn about the environmental justice movement, and apply their learning to community action.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about the decomposition rates of items commonly found in landfills and begin to discern issues landfills may cause.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore their local landfills, watch a video on the beginning of the environmental justice movement, and learn about environmental racism.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about the federal environmental justice office and create a community awareness plan about landfills.

Grade 6-8
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students explore an emerging climate career and create solutions to the problems of extreme heat in their local community.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students describe a time when they felt too hot and learn about a new job to address extreme heat in cities.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students develop a compelling question about Chief Heat Officers (CHOs), then read about and compare different global CHOs.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students imagine they are their school or community’s Chief Heat Officer, identify an issue, and create a solution.
Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies,Career Skills
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students explore the connection between climate change and food security in the Arctic, understand the impacts on the Inuit way of life, and write a persuasive piece on a potential solution.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students are introduced to the complexities of Arctic food systems through images and build an understanding of the definition of food security globally and specifically in the circumpolar Arctic.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students read about Indigenous food security in the Arctic, and students share their learning in a jigsaw activity.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on what might be getting in the way of food security in the Arctic, brainstorm how they can be part of the solution, and write a persuasive piece.
Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies,Geography,English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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Students create a consonant and dissonant musical composition in response to the visual effects of climate change.


Inquire: Students reflect and identify musical components in instrumental songs that convey specific feelings.

Investigate: Students learn the terms and intervals of consonance and dissonance, then identify the quality and number of intervals in well-known instrumental clips.

Inspire: Students watch a time-lapse video showing the effects of climate change and create a musical composition reflecting their feelings with consonance and dissonance.
Grade 9-12
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan