Dan Castrigano

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Dan Castrigano was a STEM and humanities middle and high school teacher for 11 years. He is passionate about environmental justice. 

Lesson Plans

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Grades 6-8
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A Look at Cancer Alley, Louisiana

In this lesson, students explore an interactive map, learn about Cancer Alley, and take concrete action to address environmental injustice.

Topics: Body Systems, Human Geography, Persuasive Writing, Racial Justice
Subjects: English Language Arts, Geography, Health, Justice, Social Studies
Topics: Body Systems, Human Geography, Persuasive Writing, Racial Justice
Types: Data, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 9-10
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How Should the Federal Government Spend Our Money?

This lesson plan connects intergenerational justice with the federal budget.

Topics: Government, Intergenerational Justice, National Economy
Subjects: Civics, Economics, Justice, Social Studies
Topics: Government, Intergenerational Justice, National Economy
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Wangari Maathai & Deforestation

This lesson introduces African environmentalist Wangari Maathai and links deforestation with the concepts of governance, poverty, and income opportunities for women in Kenya.

Topics: Gender Justice, Physical Geography
Subjects: Geography, Justice, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning
Topics: Gender Justice, Physical Geography
Types: Interactive Media, Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Redlining & Environmental Racism

This lesson plan connects redlining with current issues of environmental and racial justice.

Topics: American History: 1865-Present, Body Systems, Government, Human Geography, Racial Justice
Subjects: Civics, Geography, Health, History, Justice, Social Studies
Topics: American History: 1865-Present, Body Systems, Government, Human Geography, Racial Justice
Types: Article, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Earth’s Vital Signs: An Exploration

This lesson is an exploration of climate change data, including greenhouse gases, global temperature, ice melt, and sea level rise.

Topic: Climate Change
Subjects: Earth and Space Sciences, Science
Topic: Climate Change
Types: Data, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Cities, Trees & Inequality

This lesson is about the distribution and density of trees in urban areas and how that relates to environmental justice.

Topics: Environmental Justice, Human Geography
Subjects: Geography, Justice, Social Studies
Topics: Environmental Justice, Human Geography
Types: Article, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Airport-Related Environmental Injustice

This lesson explores aviation’s impact on climate change, its connection to environmental justice, and ways to reduce aviation.

Topics: Environmental Justice, Human Geography
Subjects: Geography, Justice, Social Studies
Topics: Environmental Justice, Human Geography
Types: Article, Data, Digital Text, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Flying: The Ultimate Climate Injustice

This lesson outlines who flies most frequently and the health and climate impacts of aviation.

Topics: Body Systems, Citizenship, Economic Justice
Subjects: Civics, Health, Justice, Social Studies
Topics: Body Systems, Citizenship, Economic Justice
Types: Article, Data, Digital Text, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Why Wet-Bulb Temperature Is Terrifying

This lesson connects Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future with the dangers of extremely high wet-bulb temperature.

Topics: Body Systems, Climate Change, Fiction, Physical Geography
Subjects: Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Geography, Health, Science, Social Studies
Topics: Body Systems, Climate Change, Fiction, Physical Geography
Types: Article, Digital Text, Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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“Pale Blue Dot, We Will Fail You Not”: A Poetry Lesson

This lesson introduces Amanda Gorman’s poem “Earthrise.

Topics: Poetry Writing, Social Awareness
Subjects: English Language Arts, Social-Emotional Learning
Topics: Poetry Writing, Social Awareness
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Write Your Own Ekphrastic Poem

This lesson features powerful imagery from the climate crisis.

Topics: Poetry Writing, Social Awareness
Subjects: English Language Arts, Social-Emotional Learning
Topics: Poetry Writing, Social Awareness
Types: Artwork, Lesson Plan
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Is This Greenwashing?

In this lesson, students learn about greenwashing, watch a series of videos, and write a paragraph arguing if an advertisement is greenwashing or not.

Topic: CER Writing
Subject: English Language Arts
Topic: CER Writing
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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What’s the Worst Impact of Climate Change?

In this lesson, students learn about climate change, choose one impact of climate change, and write a claim-evidence-reasoning paragraph explaining why they believe it is the worst impact of climate change.

Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Subjects: Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Science
Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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The Carbon Footprint of Food

This lesson shows that different foods have different environmental impacts.

Topic: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
Subject: Math
Topic: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
Types: Data, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Calculate Your Own Carbon Footprint

In this lesson, students calculate their own carbon footprint using Peter Kalmus's methodology in his book Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution.

Topic: Arithmetic Operations
Subject: Math
Topic: Arithmetic Operations
Types: Data, Digital Text, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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So How Should We Get There?

This lesson features a comparison of different travel options from New York City to six other cities.

Topic: Arithmetic Operations
Subject: Math
Topic: Arithmetic Operations
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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What’s the Best Solution to Climate Change?

In this lesson, students learn about climate change, choose one solution to climate change, and write a claim-evidence-reasoning paragraph explaining why they believe it is the best solution to climate change.

Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Subjects: Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Science
Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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One-Two Punch: Extreme Rainfall and Sea Level Rise in New Jersey

In this lesson, students explore increased precipitation and sea level rise in New Jersey and advocate for a climate adaptation strategy.

Topics: CER Writing, Citizenship, Climate Change
Subjects: Civics, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Topics: CER Writing, Citizenship, Climate Change
Types: Article, Interactive Media, Lesson Plan, Scientific Papers or Reports, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Electric Bikes or Electric Cars?

In this lesson, students conduct research on electric bicycles and electric cars, choose one of these technologies, and create a video promoting its use as a climate solution.

Topics: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Design Thinking, Life Literacies and Key Skills
Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Computer Science & Design Thinking, Economics, Social Studies
Topics: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Design Thinking, Life Literacies and Key Skills
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Climate Change and Public Health in New Jersey: What Should We Do?

In this lesson, students explore how climate change is impacting public health in New Jersey, understand the difference between climate mitigation and climate adaptation, and create a video advocating for a climate adaptation strategy related to public health in New Jersey.

Topics: Public Health, Public Speaking
Subjects: English Language Arts, Health
Topics: Public Health, Public Speaking
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Electric Bikes or Electric Cars?

In this lesson, students conduct research on electric bicycles and electric cars, choose one of these technologies, and create a video promoting its use as a climate solution.

Topics: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Design Thinking
Subjects: Economics, Engineering, Social Studies
Topics: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Design Thinking
Types: Lesson Plan, Video
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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Redlining, Tree Equity, and Environmental Racism

In this lesson, students learn how redlining connects to tree equity and racial justice.

Topics: American History: 1865-Present, Government, Human Geography, Racial Justice
Subjects: Civics, Geography, History, Justice, Social Studies
Topics: American History: 1865-Present, Government, Human Geography, Racial Justice
Types: Interactive Media, Lesson Plan
Exemplar Lesson
Grades 6-8
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What's the Worst Impact of Climate Change in New Jersey?

In this lesson, students learn about climate change, choose one impact of climate change affecting New Jersey, and write a claim-evidence-reasoning paragraph explaining why they believe it is the worst impact of climate change in New Jersey.

Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Subjects: Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Science
Topics: CER Writing, Climate Change
Types: Lesson Plan, Video