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Author

ClimateScience

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 60 minutes
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Write a Climate Solutions Song

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Synopsis
  • In this creative activity, students will write a song about climate change solutions. 
  • The resource also links to helpful articles about climate change. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The student handout links to a variety of amateur and professional climate-action songs, as examples.
  • This activity offers students a chance to work in groups or individually.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The linked Global Citizen article, "12 Essential Songs for Fighting the Climate Crisis," contains some songs and music videos which may not be appropriate for all students.

Differentiation

  • Younger students could write lyrics for a familiar tune such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to make the task less daunting.
  • Older students could make music videos and play them for the class or during a school assembly.
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson on hip hop and activism, this activity on writing a climate monologue, and this video on using art for activism.
Scientist Notes
This resource is intended to help students bridge creativity and awareness of climate change by writing a song about it. While some of the example songs provided may exaggerate some aspects, overall the scientific sources are valid. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

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

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generating and conceptualizing ideas.
      • 1.5.12prof.Cr1b: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art and design.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 2 - Organizing and developing ideas.
      • 1.5.5.Cr2a: Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches, through invention and practice.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.RW.6.7 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, metacognition/self- correction, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
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