Lesson Packet

Grades 9-12

Earth Day Resources for High School

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SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Community Connections, Climate Change, United Nations, Personal Consumption, Water Pollution

Resource Overview

Packet of 2023 Earth Day lesson plans for 9th – 12th grades. Free to download!

The 2023 Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet.”

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
  • Student reading provides an overview of an ecological footprint and the impacts of personal consumption. A case study reading dives into fast fashion and its impact on the environment, communities, and the economy.
  • Engagement with global challenges will inspire students to be global change makers

Included Lesson Plans and Readings

The following are included in the packet:

Lesson Plans

Cap and Trade Game

- Students play a game that simulates a cap and trade system, and analyze its successes and weaknesses as a policy

In Search of Sustainable Life

- Students develop an index of factors most important to a sustainable community and develop models for measuring those factors.

One for All

- In a simulation, students desiring to draw renewable resources from a common pool determine short-term consumption strategies that will preserve...

Water, Water Everywhere (MS/HS)

- Students observe a brief demonstration on the distribution of the world’s water and then calculate how much water they use...


An All-Consuming Challenge

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

Cheap Threads, Costly Impacts: The Price of Fast Fashion

- Personal consumption case study reading: Examine how fast fashion (like H&M, Zara, Shein, etc.) impacts the environment and economy.

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