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Author

ClimateScience

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 60 minutes
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Write a Climate Solutions Song

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Synopsis
  • In this creative activity, students will write a song about climate change solutions. 
  • The resource also links to helpful articles about climate change. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The student handout links to a variety of amateur and professional climate-action songs, as examples.
  • This activity offers students a chance to work in groups or individually.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The linked Global Citizen article, "12 Essential Songs for Fighting the Climate Crisis," contains some songs and music videos which may not be appropriate for all students.

Differentiation

  • Younger students could write lyrics for a familiar tune such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to make the task less daunting.
  • Older students could make music videos and play them for the class or during a school assembly.
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson on hip hop and activism, this activity on writing a climate monologue, and this video on using art for activism.
Scientist Notes
This resource is intended to help students bridge creativity and awareness of climate change by writing a song about it. While some of the example songs provided may exaggerate some aspects, overall the scientific sources are valid. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.7.3 Create writing that utilizes: a) Organization: provide an introduction that creates suspense and anticipation for the reader. Structure the text to support and clarify the purpose and topic. Provide a concluding statement appropriate to the mode of writing; b) Transitions: use a variety of appropriate transitions that connect and develop ideas; c) Word Choice (including domain-specific): use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships. Use sensory language to describe experiences and events.
  • Arts
    • Art and Design: Standard 2 - Students will develop, refine, and convey meaning through the production and presentation of artistic work.
      • A.A.Pr.6.i Create, share, and exhibit pieces from an ongoing artistic portfolio.
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