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National Geographic Kids


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


Paint for the Climate

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  • This collection of artwork features paintings from children about the environment, climate solutions, their feelings, and the impacts of climate change on other species.
  • Students will see a variety of viewpoints and ideas expressed artistically by their peers. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource includes a set of paintings that students will find interesting and engaging. 
  • Visual learners and students who enjoy art will especially like this resource.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a prior understanding of climate change. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in science classes discussing climate change and language arts classes working on descriptive writing or narration. 
  • This resource would make for a great gallery walk. Print the art and hang it around the room. Have students walk around, jotting notes or sharing their thoughts about each piece. 
  • For older students, provide each student with a piece of art and have them write about it, either in journal form or by providing them with a writing prompt. 
  • Science classes could put students in groups and then assign each group to research the content presented in the artwork, connecting it to lessons about energy, the greenhouse effect, states of matter, habitats, or photosynthesis.
Scientist Notes
This resource features an artworks exhibition from children on the impact of climate change on the environment, livelihoods, biodiversity, living things, and humans. The artworks send a strong message to leaders and everyone to care for the planet and take collective action to avert climate change impacts. This resource is engaging, insightful and is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.4a Analyze components in visual imagery that convey messages.
      • VA:Re7.1.5a Compare one's own interpretation of a work of art with the interpretation of others.
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