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K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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Regional Focus



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Climate Change According to a Kid

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  • This animated video provides a simple introduction to the causes and effects of climate change. 
  • Students will learn about greenhouse gases and how human activity over time has caused an imbalance in our Earth's climate. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is playful, engaging, and brief which makes it an excellent introduction to climate change for younger learners. 
  • This video is narrated by a child so it may feel more relatable to younger students. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video has two advertisements. 
  • Climate change can sometimes be an emotional topic, so teachers should prepare for how to support students' feelings as they embark on these topics. 


  • This resource provides only a very brief introduction to what can be done to slow climate change so a deeper dive into solutions would be beneficial. 
  • Students could work in small groups to research the benefits and drawbacks of climate change solutions provided by the teacher.
  • Students could draw a picture or create art to demonstrate understanding of climate change after viewing this video. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this illustrated online storybook about clean energy, this SubjectToClimate Earth Day Classroom Theme Pack, and this animated video which also explains the causes and effects of climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource addresses the natural and human-made variables that affect our climate system. Our changing climate is more likely to be caused by human activity than by natural phenomena like volcano eruptions, solar angle inclination, orbital tilting, etc. This is simple, insightful, and excellent for instruction.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • D.C1.3.b Determine messages communicated by an image.
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