Ozone Layer 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.

What is ozone and why is it important to our survival? This lesson plan uses a fact-based video lesson to highlight primary facts and an activity to drive home comprehension.


1.5 to 2 hours

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'ozone'
  • explain the function of Earth's ozone
  • list threats to Earth's ozone

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Poster board
  • Markers


  • Write the word 'ozone' on the board.
    • What does this word mean?
    • How do our actions impact 'ozone'?
  • Play the video lesson The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning for the class, pausing it at 1:13.
    • Can you name any risks to the ozone that threaten environments and ecosystems?
  • Play the video lesson for the class again, pausing it this time at 4:10.
    • Did anyone mention CFCs as a major risk to the ozone?
    • What, if any, measures are you aware of that have been taken to repair the ozone?
  • Play the rest of the video lesson for the class now.
  • Pass out the worksheet and have students work in pairs to complete it.
  • Review each question and answer from the worksheet with the class before continuing.

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