The Environment and Climate Change Lesson Plans for Earth Day (April 22)

Encyclopedia of Environmental EthicsStudents will participate in a debate on saving endangered species, explore the pros and cons of the Keystone Pipeline and analyze news articles dealing with environmental issues.

View the video Thousands Gather for DC Climate Rally from NBC News

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- Endangered Species

Objective:  Students will participate in a debate on the cost of efforts to save endangered species

Lesson Plan 2- The Keystone Pipeline

Objective:  Students will explore the pros and cons of the controversial Keystone Pipeline

Lesson Plan 3- Environmental News

Objective:  Students will work in groups to create a collection of news articles dealing with environmental issues

 21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Access and Evaluate Information
Analyze Media
Be Flexible
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
Climate Change by the US EPA
Endangered Species Program; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Natural Resources Defense Council

Additional Library Resources :
Climate Change – Science in Context
Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation – Science in Context
Environmental Issues Protests – Opposing Viewpoints
Sea Level Rise – Science in Context
Weather and Climate – Always Available eBook
Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource – Always Available eBook
Climate Change – Always Available ebook
Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy – Always Available eBook
Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources – Always Available eBook



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