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6th, 7th, 8th


Social Studies, Civics

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  • Lesson Plans, 45 minutes
  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Classroom

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Creating Climate Policies

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  • This activity provides an introduction to climate change policy by challenging students to write their own policies. 
  • Students analyze their policies by identifying potential drawbacks and considering solutions to those drawbacks.

Teaching Tips


  • The students' worksheets include prompts and questions that guide them towards creating their policies.
  • This lesson helps develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The handouts can be printed and used offline.
  • Remind students that their policies must be related to climate change mitigation or adaptation. The lesson Mitigation vs. Adaptation can be used to review these terms.
  • The ScienceDirect link in "Sources" does not work.


  • This activity can be extended by having students research their policies to determine if they have been implemented anywhere before and how successful it was or could potentially be.
  • Students can present their policies to the class and discuss the pros and cons of each policy. In the end, students could vote on the policies they think would be most successful.
  • If students are unsure where to start, have them think about what matters most to them in their community. Students can also use this Table of Solutions for ideas.
  • If students need a refresher on climate change consider using this article by NASA, this video by Crash Course, and this video by ClimateScience.
Scientist Notes

This resource aims to develop students' critical thinking skills by developing a climate change related policy. The IPCC source provided is excellent and provides all of the information needed to finish this activity. However, please note, the ScienceDirect link does not work. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
      • D2.Civ.13.6-8 Analyze the purposes, implementation, and consequences of public policies in multiple settings.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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