Plants, People & Climate Change

A garden-based resource for Grades 3-6 classrooms.

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Explore Climate Change through the Living World of Plants

Plants, People & Climate Change take students on the journey from building a foundational understanding of plant and earth science knowledge, to an introduction of Climate Change and an exploration of the personal and global solutions to combat it.

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

What is it?

Plants, People and Planet 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.

Lessons 1 to 3 are building a foundation of knowledge of plants, our planet, interconnections and habitats. These lessons can be used independently of this resource when instructing on these topics.

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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
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Including My Climate Story – A toolkit for mobilizing climate stories

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. This toolkit 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.

The My Climate Story toolkit is a collaboration with Eco-Anxious Stories, 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.

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Thank you to our partners