Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Climate Change, and supports the standard of constructing an argument for how human activity impacts Earth’s systems. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • What do you know or have heard about climate change? 
  • How do you think it impacts your life? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Topic Page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Eating and Drinking” or “The Modern World.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a PSA describing the causes and impacts of climate change, and give suggestions of how to help. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying different causes of climate change, and their effects. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts representing different causes of climate change. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about climate change.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why is it important for people to understand climate change and its causes?
  • Where can you see evidence of climate change? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Climate Change Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Deepen understanding about humans and the environment with BrainPOP’s Climate Change Unit.  

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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