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6th, 7th, 8th


Social Studies, English Language Arts

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  • Activity - Classroom
  • Lesson Plan

Regional Focus

Middle East



Debate Energy in Israel

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  • In this activity, students will work in groups to debate one of two climate change issues in Israel: gas pipelines or electric vehicles. 
  • The resource provides a lesson plan as well as links to resources for students to use for research. 

Teaching Tips


  • Both debate topics will help students to think about global climate issues in a new way.
  • The guides can be downloaded and used offline.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The handout uses the term "fossil gas" which is more commonly known in the United States as "natural gas".
  • The resource recommends using credible resources for research and provides some examples. It's important to reiterate this with the students.
  • The teacher's guide presents this as one lesson activity, but it may be more manageable to split it up into two lessons.


  • The debate topics could be used for a debate club or as an inter-school activity.
  • Students who enjoy this activity may also enjoy this Climate Science debate activity that focuses on climate change issues in Brazil and this debate activity about limiting the number of visitors to the national parks. 
  • After the debate, teachers could have students write an essay on the pros and cons of the topic they debated.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides students deep analytical prowess on energy debates and lobbying for sustainable and efficient energy production and consumption. This is recommended for teaching.
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      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
      • SL.6-8.3 Present information and supporting evidence appropriate to task, purpose, and audience so listeners can follow the line of reasoning and incorporate multimedia when appropriate.
  • Social Studies
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      • Civics & Government 1 (D2): Students understand the basic ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in Maine and the United States as well as examples of other forms of government in the world by comparing how laws are made in Maine and at the federal level in the United States.
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Personal Finance (F1): Students understand the principles and processes of personal finance by explaining how scarcity influences choices and relates to the market economy.
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