Earth Day


Looking for ways to engage your high school or middle school students in environmental issues and the climate crisis?

Here are our latest lessons and teaching ideas - good for Earth Day, Earth Week, or any week.

August 17, 2021

English teacher Sarah Outterson-Murphy provides brief descriptions of a range of short stories and novels exploring a changing climate, with questions for discussion. (Updated August 2021)

April 19, 2021

Students learn about and discuss the current state of the youth climate movement and how young people are helping to shape our nation's response to the climate crisis.

April 6, 2021

Students explore the accelerating move toward electric vehicles and consider how we might address some of the remaining obstacles to this transition.

March 31, 2021

High school teacher Sarah Outterson-Murphy shares how her students developed their English skills by grappling with a "real, urgent, relevant, large-scale, yet-unsolved problem." 

August 23, 2020

Reading and discussing fiction gave my students time and space to respond creatively to the climate crisis—and consider how to use their own power to address it. 

February 2, 2020

The fires raging across Australia in recent months have led to shocking devastation. Students discuss the scope of the disaster and its relationship to climate change; share their feelings about it; and consider responses, from supporting relief efforts to climate activism.

November 24, 2019

In this circle activity, students reflect on the words of youth climate activists from around the world and consider their own values and hopes for the future. 

September 7, 2019

On September 20, 2019, students around the world will participate in a strike to demand immediate action on the global climate crisis. In this lesson, students learn about youth activism on the climate, including its origins, and discuss some of the problems and prospects of youth climate activism. ...

August 4, 2019

Where do the 2020 presidential candidates stand on climate change?  And why is the issue getting more attention in 2020 than in past elections? Students explore the issue, the candidates, and the social movements that are helping to drive the debate through readings, discussion, and activities.

March 20, 2019

This series of lessons helps students (grades 3-5) learn about why is climate change is happening, why it matters, and what they can do about it.