Lesson Plans

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In this lesson, students learn about the importance of water to Indigenous Peoples and the need to protect water today.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students describe their personal experiences with local waterways.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students investigate the importance of water to the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, reflect on the need to live in reciprocity with rivers, and explore ways to be water protectors.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a One-Pager to demonstrate their learning and explain how they can ally with the Indigenous Peoples of Oregon to protect local waterways.
Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies,History,Geography
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In this lesson, students learn about plastic pollution and write a letter to a local official advocating for a solution to plastic pollution.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students complete the Anticipation Guide individually or in groups, responding to true or false prompts and answering one question about plastic pollution and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students conduct research on plastic pollution and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and complete the RACES writing organizer.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students write a letter to a local official advocating for action on plastic pollution.

Grade 3-5
Subject Social Studies,English Language Arts
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In this lesson, students learn how human activities impact watersheds, and what communities can do to keep the watershed healthy.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students think about how they use water in their everyday life and the important role that their local watershed plays in their community.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students complete two hands-on activities to understand how watersheds work and the impact that human activities have on watersheds.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students write a poem, short story, or letter about the importance of watershed health and share it with their local watershed council.

Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences
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In this lesson, students analyze the song “Broken” by Xiuhtezcatl, then create an art project sharing their feelings about the planet's future.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students listen to the song “Broken,” do a close reading of the lyrics, and reflect on the meaning of the song.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a video and read a short autobiographical statement to learn more about the artist and activist, Xiuhtezcatl.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students create their own art project to share their emotions about the future of the planet.

Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies,History,English Language Arts
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In this lesson, students learn about the Indigenous first foods of Oregon and discuss the connection between food and climate change.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students read about the Indigenous Peoples of Oregon and learn about their first foods.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about the connection between food and climate change and explore data on the impact of food production on the Earth.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students discover how their food choices affect their personal health and the Earth and choose a positive action to help fight climate change.

Grade 3-5
Subject Social Studies,History
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In this lesson, students learn how climate change is making wildfires worse in Oregon and across the globe and create a wildfire solution for prevention or preparation.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students brainstorm their relationship with fire, review data on wildfires in Oregon, and reflect on why wildfires are increasing in frequency in Oregon.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch two videos and make connections between climate change and wildfires.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about climate refugees, research prevention and preparation strategies, and create a presentation to promote one of these strategies.

Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,English Language Arts
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In this lesson, students learn the distinct ways of Indigenous peoples, how colonization damaged their lands and natural resources, and generate ideas to repair some of the damage.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about colonization and the dire impacts that it had and continues to have on Native American tribes in Oregon.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students discover which Native American tribe is closest to their community and research the tribe to learn about their history and culture, as well as what life is like for tribal members today.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on sustainability or environmental problems facing the Native American tribe, generate ideas for how to help support the tribe’s sustainability and environmental goals, and share the information with others.

Grade 3-5
Subject Social Studies,History,Geography
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students explore civic engagement through a town hall role-play to allocate scarce water resources and propose ideas for climate resiliency that honor multiple perspectives.

Inquire: Students work in groups to rank ten purposes of a river and explain how to balance a community’s competing needs for water.

Investigate: Students represent stakeholders in the Deschutes River Watershed, research it, and write testimony about the allocation of water.

Inspire: Students engage in a mock Deschutes Basin Water Collaborative Town Hall meeting, reflect on the process, and choose a follow-up action.
Grade 9-12
Subject Social Studies,Civics
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In this lesson, students will examine the 2020 Almeda Fire in Oregon and explore the disproportionate impacts of wildfires.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss wildfires, wildfire impacts, and climate emotions and explore a wildfire simulator.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about the connection between climate change and wildfires and examine the Almeda Fire by watching a video, reading an article, and answering comprehension questions.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students choose from a menu of action-oriented options to demonstrate their knowledge of wildfires and their disproportionate impact on marginalized communities.

Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies,Geography
Resource Type Lesson Plan