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 2022 Earth Day lesson plans for 9th – 12th grades. Free to download!

The 2022 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
  • Two readings explore global climate change, one by through an overview of causes and impacts, and one case study on governments and non-profits improving local air pollution rates by changing stoves.
  • 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...


Our Changing Climate

- Climate change background reading: An overview of how human activities have increased greenhouse gas emissions, the many impacts of a...

Cleaner Cookstoves: Combatting Indoor Air Pollution

- Air pollution case study reading: Learn about initiatives to tackle health problems of indoor air pollution in poor countries by...

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