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  • Lesson Plan, 30 minutes
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Write a Letter to Earthly

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  • In this lesson, students will read a short letter from Planet Earthly and will write a response letter. 
  • Students will practice letter-writing skills as they explain to Earthly all the things they will do to help make her healthy again and cure climate change. 

Teaching Tips


  • This is an organized lesson plan that is easy to use. 
  • Students are empowered to help fight climate change. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help build context if students read this interactive story or do this activity about Planet Earthly prior to writing their letters. 
  • Students should have a basic understanding of the framework for writing a letter. 


  • Depending on grade level, students may need to write a draft letter on paper with developmentally appropriate line spacing. 
  • Consider adding a list of vocabulary words to use in their letters.
  • Teachers can mail their digitized letters to schools@climatescience.org to build extrinsic motivation for students. 
  • This lesson plan also asks students to take climate action by writing a persuasive letter about renewable energy. 
  • Other recommended resources include Write a Letter to Thoko or Handwriting Practice with Earthly
Scientist Notes
This is a guide that would assist students to write a letter of commitment and interest in drawing down their individual carbon footprint. This resource is ideal for classroom use.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.K.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
      • L.5.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and self-reflection, and add details to strengthen writing and ideas as needed.
      • W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • K-ESS2-1. Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
      • 3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
    • 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.
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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