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Our Changing Planet: Climate, SEL, and Media Literacy for Our Youngest Students

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  • In this lesson, students will view the children's book, "To Change a Planet," discuss how the book makes them feel, and analyze the creators' purpose in producing this book.
  • This resource includes a detailed lesson plan, printable and digital presentation materials, and plenty of ideas for differentiation.
  • Students will learn about how books portray climate change and how messaging around our changing climate impacts individuals. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource has everything needed for in-class implementation.
  • Students in a wide variety of literacy lessons will find success in this lesson, as the emoji Mad Libs activity requires little reading or writing to reflect and share.

Additional Prerequisites

  • To download print and media materials, teachers must make an easy-to-create, free account.
  • Students should have an emerging understanding of our changing climate.


  • This lesson would work equally well in a language arts or science classroom. Teachers can make cross-curricular connections in social health or SEL classes learning about climate change impacts or emotional literacy.
  • If you own a copy (or have library access) of the text used in the lesson, consider using it for a reading piece in the days leading up to this lesson.
  • After completing the Mad Libs activity, have students share their reflections and feelings.
  • As an extension, have students bring home their reflections along with a discussion guide that helps families discuss the emotions associated with climate change.
  • The "How to Use These Materials" PDF includes many ideas for additional differentiation.
Scientist Notes
Climate change impacts us physically and mentally, and it is important to address both realms. This resource uses a children's book that is easy for young learners to understand and accurately depicts the reality of climate change.

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

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of climate change and humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • RL.CR.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a literary text (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).
      • RL.CI.2.2 Recount a text in oral and written form and determine central message (in literary texts, e.g. fables and folktales from diverse cultures).
      • RL.IT.3.3 Describe the development of individual character’s traits, motivations, or feelings and explain how their actions contribute to the plot within a text.
      • RL.TS.3.4 Utilize and reference features of a text when writing or speaking about a text, referring to parts of stories, dramas, and poems, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
      • RL.MF.5.6 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
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