Climate Change Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How is climate change impacting your life? A video lesson explains this to students while a group project allows them to delve even deeper. Extensions and related lessons support ongoing instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define climate change
  • outline the process of climate change
  • analyze the global impact of climate change


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.

Key Vocabulary

  • Greenhouse gases


  • Begin by writing 'greenhouse gases' on the board.
  • Ask students to tell you what it means, writing the key ideas on the board as they present them.
  • Now play the video lesson Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies, pausing at 1:30.
  • Were the students correct in their discussion of greenhouse gases? If not, fill in any missing information now using the facts provided in the video lesson.
  • Now ask the class to brainstorm on the kinds of things that can happen to our planet as a result of climate change, again writing their ideas on the board.
  • Next, play the rest of the video lesson for the class.
  • Were they correct in their brainstormed list of the results of climate change? Discuss this as a class.

Discussion Questions

  • What can we do to reduce climate change?
  • How different will life be in 50 years as a result of climate change?

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