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

The 2020 Earth Day theme is “climate action.” This lesson packet includes call-outs for climate connections, making it easy for you to provide climate action opportunities for your middle school students.

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

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

Code Blue: Endangered Oceans

- As the instructor reads a story about the history of the world’s oceans, students act as characters adding and removing... Read more »

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

- A visual demonstration of the limited farmland available on Earth, followed by discussion of how to feed a growing population.... Read more »

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... Read more »


An All-Consuming Challenge

- Personal consumption background reading: What is an ecological footprint and what are the impacts of using (and disposing of) so... Read more »

Disappearing Islands: A Climate Change Wake-up Call

- Climate change case study reading: A profile of Kiribati, a nation of islands in the Central Pacific, that is affected... Read more »

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