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Visual Art Analysis


3rd, 4th, 5th


Visual and Performing Arts


50 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


Google Docs, Google Slides


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What Can Animation Teach Us About Climate Change? (Animate for the Animals #1)

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Nov 30, 2023
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This lesson engages students with various animations about climate change topics. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students view a climate change animation video, discuss the content, and describe what defines something as an animation. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch multiple animations in varying forms, recording their reactions, emotions, and thoughts towards the animations.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on their new knowledge by writing a paragraph or creating a comic strip.
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Teaching Tips


  • Students are exposed to a variety of engaging videos about climate change.
  • Students are given opportunities to think critically, work collaboratively, and work independently.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 1 of 4 in our 3rd-5th grade Animate for the Animals unit.
  • It is necessary to have worksheets printed or digitally shared before the lesson.


  • Students could be grouped in mixed ability groups to support students of all ability levels.
  • Students could extend and practice public speaking skills by sharing their findings with the class.
Scientist Notes

This lesson allows students to learn about animations that discuss climate change and the effects on people, other organisms, and the planet. Through the use of reflection questions, students can gain an understanding of how animations can relay information and elicit emotions. Students are then encouraged to create their own comic strip about how they feel about climate change. This is a great lesson that encourages creativity, imagination, and visualization of issues surrounding climate change.


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

Primary Standards

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Media Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.2.5.Re7a: Identify, describe, explain and differentiate how messages and meaning are created by components in media artworks.
      • 1.2.5.Re7b: Identify, describe, explain and differentiate how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks affect and manage audience experience when addressing global issues including climate change.
    • Media Arts: Standard 8 - Interpreting intent and meaning.
      • 1.2.5.Re8a: Determine, explain and compare personal and group reactions and interpretations of a variety of media artworks, considering their personal and cultural perception, intention and context.
    • Media Arts: Standard 11 - Relating artistic ideas and works within societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • 1.2.5.Cn11a: Identify, explain, research and show how media artworks and ideas relate to personal, social and community life (e.g., exploring online behavior, fantasy and reality, commercial and information purposes, history, ethics).


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