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K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

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  • Lesson Plan, 45-60 minutes
  • Lesson Plan, 45-60 minutes
  • Presentation Slides
  • Presentation Slides
  • Worksheet
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Digital Text
  • Digital Text

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Our Changing Planet: Climate, SEL, and Media Literacy for Our Youngest Students

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  • In this lesson, students will view the children's book, "To Change a Planet," discuss how the book makes them feel, and analyze the creators' purpose in producing this book.
  • This resource includes a detailed lesson plan, printable and digital presentation materials, and plenty of ideas for differentiation.
  • Students will learn about how books portray climate change and how messaging around our changing climate impacts individuals. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource has everything needed for in-class implementation.
  • Students in a wide variety of literacy lessons will find success in this lesson, as the emoji Mad Libs activity requires little reading or writing to reflect and share.

Additional Prerequisites

  • To download print and media materials, teachers must make an easy-to-create, free account.
  • Students should have an emerging understanding of our changing climate.


  • This lesson would work equally well in a language arts or science classroom. Teachers can make cross-curricular connections in social health or SEL classes learning about climate change impacts or emotional literacy.
  • If you own a copy (or have library access) of the text used in the lesson, consider using it for a reading piece in the days leading up to this lesson.
  • After completing the Mad Libs activity, have students share their reflections and feelings.
  • As an extension, have students bring home their reflections along with a discussion guide that helps families discuss the emotions associated with climate change.
  • The "How to Use These Materials" PDF includes many ideas for additional differentiation.
Scientist Notes
Climate change impacts us physically and mentally, and it is important to address both realms. This resource uses a children's book that is easy for young learners to understand and accurately depicts the reality of climate change.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Foundational Skills (K-5)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5 Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
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