Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan
This lesson focuses on how climate change impacts agriculture. Students focus on how heat extremes and changes in precipitation will affect crop yields. 
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch videos showing how climate change will impact agriculture. Students create a hypothesis that states how high heat and increased amounts of water might affect the germination of seeds.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students set up an experiment within the classroom and then observe their crops for a set amount of weeks, collecting data on their data sheets.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students write a conclusion showing the results of the data they collected and make a comparison between their experiment and climate change.
Grade 9-12
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students think critically about carbon emission reduction strategies proposed by companies. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students define greenwashing and define carbon emission reduction strategies.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students evaluate a company’s sustainability plan in regards to carbon emission reductions.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students present their findings to the class. As a class, students generate a list of which companies will and will not receive support from the students in the future.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts,Career Skills
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students analyze the concept of greenwashing of products. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch videos related to greenwashing and look at examples of green products on the market.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students design a green product with a marketing campaign. 


Step 3 - Inspire: Students analyze the word choice that their peers used in their presentations of their product.

Grade 6-8
Subject English Language Arts,Career Skills
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students choose one impact of climate change affecting New Jersey and write a claim-evidence-reasoning (CER) paragraph.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video on the basics of climate change.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students take notes while watching four videos on the impacts of climate change in New Jersey.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students select one of the impacts of climate change in New Jersey and write a paragraph explaining why they believe it is the worst impact of climate change.

Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to narratives by young people impacted by severe weather and guides students in writing their own stories.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video explaining how storms are increasing in severity due to climate change.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students analyze first-person narratives about severe weather by young people from across the United States.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students write and present their own narratives based on their experiences of storms or severe weather.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students explore the impact of environmental changes on an organism's allele frequency.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video on peppered moths and identify vocabulary related to allele frequency.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students play a game to understand allele frequency changes that can occur in species impacted by changing environments.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students explore how climate change is impacting native Arctic communities and complete a project describing how climate change is impacting animals in the Arctic.

Grade 9-12
Subject Science,Biology
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students use multiplication to understand the problem of single-use plastics and how they impact climate change.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students describe a photo, wonder about the origin of the plastic waste they see, and identify their feelings surrounding plastic pollution.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students complete multi-step math problems about single-use plastic water bottles, and learn about the connection between disposable plastics, pollution, and climate change.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students complete multiplication problems that show how small positive actions can have a big impact, brainstorm about the use of disposable plastics in their school, home, or community, and write a letter to persuade someone to take action to reduce the use of plastic.
Grade 3-5
Subject Mathematics
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Worksheets
In this activity, students will use multiplication skills to determine how many water bottles might be used by a group during a certain period of time. This activity can be used as part of a broader study on plastics and climate change. Students can learn about plastic waste, plastic production, and more.
Grade 3-5
Subject Mathematics
Resource Type Worksheets

Worksheets
This activity includes pre-writing and scaffolded writing templates to use after learning about the environmental impacts of plastic.
Grade 3-5
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Worksheets