• Views 257
  • Favorites
Photo by Jason Goodman via Unsplash

Database Provider


6th, 7th, 8th


Social Studies, Career Skills


90 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Slides


This lesson plan is licensed under Creative Commons.

Creative Commons License

Climate Career: Chief Heat Officer

Created By Teacher:
Last Updated:
Apr 24, 2024
Ask a Question


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.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • Students explore a new career that was developed in response to climate change.

  • Students compare and contrast the main issues and solutions to extreme heat around the globe.

  • Teachers can use this as a standalone lesson to practice developing compelling questions or at the start of a research unit to teach initial research skills.

  • Students engage with their school or local community to develop real solutions for addressing extreme heat.

  • The Glossary slide in the Teacher Slideshow features eight keywords from the articles used in the lesson.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of the relationship between extreme heat and climate change. 

  • Students can use this resource to learn how extreme heat affects people around the world.

  • Teachers can review both articles in the Investigate section and decide which one to assign based on student reading levels or create differentiated reading groups if needed.


  • Students can research how extreme heat disproportionately affects lower-income communities, using this video about Arizona.

  • Students who need more reading support can be assigned the second article (option 2) which focuses on three Chief Heat Officers or they can “popcorn” read in a small reading group.

  • Students who need more support can work in pairs to develop a shared compelling question or be given a question starter. See the Teacher Answer Key for examples.

  • Students can share their presentations on a subsequent day.

  • Students can engage in further research into a particular region or Chief Heat Officer.

  • One of the CHOs in this article mentions the differences among the terms climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and climate resilience. Students can research and write a report on the differences.

  • Students can explore if “Chief Cold Officers” are needed in communities that experience extreme cold or compare and contrast problems between extreme heat and extreme cold.

Scientist Notes

Students can learn about heatwaves, their effects on the environment and human health, and how to collaborate to develop measures to lessen them, all in this lesson. Additionally, they will learn a great deal about the duties of a Chief Heat Officer and how to become one. After an assessment of the lesson materials, this lesson meets our science credibility requirements.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.IT.6.3 Analyze how a particular text’s (e.g., article, brochure, technical manual, procedural text) structure unfolds by using textual evidence to describe how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.
      • RI.IT.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a text interact including how a text makes connections and distinctions among individuals, events, and ideas (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
      • RI.IT.8.3 Analyze how particular elements of a text interact (e.g., how contexts influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events) across multiple text types, including across literary and informational texts.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

Discover more on SubjectToClimate.
Related Resources


Login to leave a review