When you think about teaching climate change, do you immediately think of science lessons? While it’s extremely important for students to be exposed to climate change lessons in science classes, climate change touches nearly every aspect of life on Earth, so climate change topics should be taught in all academic subjects…including math!
Math teachers have all heard (or made) jokes about being “forced” to learn math skills that have no practical application; that’s why tying math skills and concepts to real-life topics is so important! SubjectToClimate has pulled together a list of ten inquiry-based math lesson plans that will help students see that math is integral to solving the climate crisis. In these lesson plans, students will encounter a range of climate change topics such as equitably distributing natural resources, deciphering data on air pollution, interpreting quantitative survey results, and calculating sea level rise based on glacier melt. The following lesson plans are designed for teaching math topics to students in grades K-12, and these resources are sure to get students asking questions and making connections between math and climate change.