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Climate Change


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences


75 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides


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How Does Climate Change Affect Food Production? (Climate Change, Food Production, and Food Security #3)

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Apr 12, 2024
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This lesson teaches students about the different ways farms and agriculture are being impacted by climate change.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students think about how climate change may impact agriculture.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about some general ways agriculture is impacted by climate change and then choose a specific effect of climate change to see how it impacts agriculture.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students look at reduced food waste as a solution to climate change and engage in a discussion about their learning.
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Teaching Tips


  • Students are able to learn about specific climate change topics that are interesting to them.

  • Students can learn about the many different ways in which climate change impacts agriculture.

  • Students can learn from their peers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 3 of 6 in our 6th-8th grade Climate Change, Food Production, and Food Security unit.

  • While not necessary, it is helpful for students to have a general sense of some of the global impacts of climate change.

  • You must create a free account to access the Newsela article.


  • Teachers can assign the Teacher Slideshow on Google Classroom and students can submit their work independently.

  • Teachers can group students for the guided research section and assign them level-appropriate resources.

  • Teachers can eliminate options in the guided research section if the options are overwhelming.

  • Teachers can eliminate the video option in the guided research if they want to exclusively assign readings.

  • Teachers can review the teacher slideshow as a class and answer the questions as a whole group assignment.

Scientist Notes

This lesson allows students to explore the impact of climate change on agriculture. They would be able to identify the underlying climatic variables that affect farming systems in different geographies. All resources were fact-checked, and this lesson has passed the science credibility process.


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

Supporting Standard

  • Science
    • 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.

Note On Standards:

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

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