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Eco-Anxious Stories

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

My Climate Story

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Synopsis
  • This 8-lesson toolkit can help teachers and adults guide students through activities and worksheets to explore their emotions related to climate change and compose their own personal climate story.
  • This guide provides excellent context related to eco-anxiety, social-emotional learning pedagogy, and self-reflection. and provides instructional strategies for each lesson.
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Positives

  • The series of lessons effectively scaffolds a student's journey in exploring their place in nature to taking action for climate change.
  • The printable worksheets use excellent images and clear, simple layouts to support students.
  • The lesson plan and background learning theory provided to teachers are thorough and helpful.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This toolkit is a compliment to a curriculum by Little Green Thumbs called "Plants, People, and Climate Change." The lessons in the toolkit can be completed with or without completing the complimentary curriculum.

Differentiation

  • The eight lessons can be done in a series or individually depending on classroom objectives.
  • Samples of climate stories are provided for students to use as models as they craft their own. Consider having students present their climate stories to the class after they finish their writing assignment.
  • This video also addresses climate anxiety and this video highlights the power of climate storytelling. 
  • The lessons are interdisciplinary, covering topics in science, social studies, and English Language Arts.
Scientist Notes
The resource includes lessons to encourage students to share their climate-related experiences, get over their fears, and work as a team to take immediate climate action. It is suggested for use in classrooms because the objectives, anticipated results, and course modules are all included in the resource.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6.6 In literary texts, identify possible biases, and the point of view, and explain how it is developed and conveys meaning in diverse texts. (RL) In informational texts, explain how an author’s geographic location, identity, and/or culture affect perspective. Analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others. (RI)
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
      • W.3.2 Write text in a variety of modes: a) Opinion pieces in which the student supports a point of view about a topic or text they are writing about, states an opinion, and lists reasons that support the opinion; b) Informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic and use facts, definitions, and details to develop points; c) Convey events, real or imagined, through narrative/short stories to develop experiences or events using descriptive details and clear event sequences to establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters. Use dialogue and description of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
      • W.4.2 Write text in a variety of modes: a) Opinion pieces in which the student introduces the topic or text they are writing about, states an opinion, and creates an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose. List reasons that support the opinion; b) Informative texts in which they clearly introduce a topic, group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aid comprehension. Use facts, definitions, and details to develop points; c) Convey events, real or imagined, through narrative/short stories which orient a reader by establishing a real or imagined situation and introducing a narrator and characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
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