Global Warming 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.

Is global warming real? A video lesson walks students through the facts while a group activity hits closer to home. Ideas for future instruction and related lessons are included as well.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • define global warming
  • outline the causes of global warming
  • connect personal consumption patterns to environmental changes


1 hour

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.


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

Key Vocabulary

  • Greenhouse gas
  • Global warming


  • Begin by asking students to write down a definition for global warming.
  • When all students have completed their definition, have them share them for class discussion. Write key ideas on the board.
  • Now play the video lesson Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming, pausing at 2:51.
  • Have students visit the link displayed on the screen to see if the predictions made in the video lesson were correct. Discuss this as a class.
  • Play the video lesson again and pause again at 3:41.
  • Have students revisit their definitions for global warming and the key points from that discussion written on the board. Did the student definitions match the one provided in the video lesson? If not, fill in any missing information now.
  • Next, play the the rest of the video lesson for the class.

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