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.


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 »

Readings

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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