Middle School Lesson Plans: Global Climate

Middle School Lesson Plans: Global Climate

These resources are appropriate for grade levels 6th, 7th and 8th.
Lesson Plans:


  1. Damage Control Exploring Flood Prevention Around the World
    In this lesson, students investigate artificially elevated regions or cities around the world to compare histories, cultures, and strategies related to potential flooding disaster.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  2. Keep Off the Reef! Examining the Endangerment of Coral Reefs as a Byproduct of Global Warming
    In this lesson, students conduct research to prepare proposals for an aquarium exhibit that highlights the significance of coral reefs. Students will focus their study on global warming and its impact on coral reefs around the world.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  3. Tour du Jour? Projecting the Impact of Increasing Global Temperatures on the Tourist Economy
    In this lesson, students learn how warmer temperatures have impacted ice drift tourism on the northern coast of Hokkaido, Japan. They then consider the ways a continued warming trend might impact other global tourist destinations in the future.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  4. Chilling Predictions Exploring the Economic, Political and Environmental Issues That Global Warming Has Created for the Arctic
    In this lesson, students will research and prepare an almanac on the Arctic. They then examine the laws that attempt to provide jurisdiction over this area and consider how these laws will be affected if geography of the Arctic continues to change due to the effects of global warming.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  5. Ice, Ice, Baby Examining the Causes and Effects of Melting Ice Formations in Antarctica
    In this lesson, students learn about the causes and effects of the melting ice formations in Antarctica; they then research different aspects of the topic in order to create a news special.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  6. Clearing the Air Exploring Emissions and Substances that Influence Global Climate Change
    In this lesson, students investigate a variety of emissions that contribute to global warming. As presenters at a mock international summit, students prepare recommendations for reversing the global warming trend.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  7. Ice Breakers A Lab Experience About the Effects of Global Warming on Icecaps
    Through participating in a number of in-class experiments using ice, students understand the effects of global warming on icecaps and the worldwide consequences that may result.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  8. Tending to the Greenhouse Examining Causes, Effects, and Solutions for Global Warming

    In this lesson, students investigate global warming through initial discussion of recent findings of an 11-day lengthening of the growing season caused by warmer temperatures. Students then work in small groups, acting as 'organizations' concerned with the trends in global warming, to research and propose solutions for restricting greenhouse gases.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.



  9. Protecting Holy Cows The Effects of Pollution, Industrialization, and Other Human Activities on the World's Biomes
    In this lesson, students reflect on and research how humans affect animal life, plant life, and environmental conditions of specific biomes, particularly due to pollution and industrialization.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  New York Times.










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