Plants, People & Climate Change

A garden-based resource for Grade 3-6 students.

Explore Climate Change through the Living World of Plants

Plants, People & Climate Change is a curriculum-linked, 8-lesson inquiry-based resource that explores climate change through the natural world of plants and soil science. Lessons include animated videos, optional in-the-garden activities, indoor explorations, student worksheets, evaluation suggestions and curriculum connections.

Preview an animation from the Plant Needs video for Lesson 2:

What is it?

Explore a series of 8 curriculum-linked lessons with accompanying animated videos, powerpoints, discussions and hands-on activities that take students on the journey from building a foundational understanding of plant and earth science knowledge, to an introduction of Climate Change to an exploration of the personal and global solutions to combat it.

Planting the Seeds

  • Lesson 1: Plants, Planet, People
  • Lesson 2: Plant Needs
  • Lesson 3: Plant Adaptations

Intro to Climate Change

  • Lesson 4: Plants, Us and Climate Change
  • Lesson 5: Plant Needs & Climate Change

Connecting Climate Solutions

  • Lesson 6: Soil & Climate Change
  • Lesson 7: Food Waste & Climate Change
  • Lesson 8: Climate Change & You

Including My Climate Story – A toolkit for mobilizing climate stories

The My Climate Story toolkit is a collaboration with Eco-Anxious, which follows the Plants, People & Climate Change resource with discussions, activities and resources to support teachers and parents to frame climate science in a mobilizing way. It helps connect the dots to what already matters to kids, to the choices they have, the world they want to create and the power they have to take part in meaningful solutions. 

Climate change is a big complex topic. By anticipating the anxiety that bubbles around climate change, we can equip students (and educators) to sit with their uncomfortable feelings, to connect the dots between science and “real life” and to channel anxieties into meaningful action.

Thank you to our partners