Lesson Packet

Grades 9-12

Earth Day Resources for High School

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SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Climate Change, Ecological Footprints, Personal Consumption, Water Pollution

Resource Overview

Packet of 2021 Earth Day lesson plans for 9th – 12th grades. Free to download!

The 2021 Earth Day theme is “Restore Our Earth.”

Don’t teach high school? Check out our Earth Day resource packets for Elementary and Middle School.

Features of This Resource

  • Perfect set of activities for your secondary Earth Day teaching module
  • Three lesson plans include direct climate action opportunities for high school students
  • Two case study readings examine modern-day challenges facing the Earth – climate change induced sea level rise and personal consumption of single-use products
  • Engagement with global challenges will inspire students to be global change makers

Included Lesson Plans and Readings

The following are include in the packet:

Lesson Plans

Cap and Trade Game

- Game simulates a cap and trade system, and students analyze its successes and weaknesses as a policy to reduce emissions.

Code Blue: Endangered Oceans

- As the instructor reads a historic story, students add and extract items from a model ocean based on real-world events.

Earth: The Apple of Our Eye (mid/high)

- An apple is used as a model to illustrate the limited farmland available on Earth.

Secret Life of Tees

- Students use guided research to perform a five-stage life cycle analysis on a t-shirt and brainstorm ways to reduce the


An All-Consuming Challenge

- What is an ecological footprint and what are the impacts of using so much stuff? How do personal consumption decisions

Disappearing Islands: A Climate Change Wake-up Call

- A profile of Kiribati, a nation of islands in the Central Pacific that is affected by climate change, and discussion

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