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


Science, Social Studies

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  • Ebooks

Regional Focus

Global, North America

"Kids Can Change the World"

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  • In this digital picture book, Ava, an Indigenous girl from Canada, and her friend Earthly discover that children around the world are working to make the Earth healthier.
  • Students will learn that climate action is a complex topic and that some climate solutions can create other climate problems.

Teaching Tips


  • Students will learn that people in countries with fewer resources suffer disproportionately from climate change, even though their countries contribute fewer emissions than wealthier countries.
  • There is a glossary at the end of the book.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is the ninth and final book in the ClimateScience picture book series. The book features characters from previous ClimateScience books.
  • Teachers may want to go over the words in the glossary before sharing the book with students.


  • Upper elementary classes could use this book to discuss systemic oppression. In the book, the people in power did not include indigenous people when making decisions. Students could consider the following questions:
    • Why is it important to involve the entire community when making big decisions?
    • Why were the indigenous people left out of the decision-making process?
    • How can a community work together when people have different ideas or beliefs?
    • What is the role of a leader? What makes a person qualified to lead?
  • Students could draw pictures and write about how they could help Earthly to bring home and share with their families. Ideas from the book include eating less meat, recycling, buying fewer things, planting trees, collecting rainwater for crops, using sustainable farming practices, and sharing their knowledge with others.
  • Older students could choose a class project to help Earthly or write letters to leaders about their climate concerns.
  • Other resources on this topic include this activity on designing a future version of the world, this SubjectToClimate lesson plan on indigenous communities and the environment, and this SubjectToClimate lesson plan on getting involved in climate action.
Scientist Notes
There is no "silver bullet" to combat climate change. This resource underscores the importance of taking collective climate actions to mitigate the impact of climate change and environmental degradation globally. Although there is no science to verify, this story is important to boost students' morale in co-creating site-specific climate actions. Above all, this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
      • 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.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 2: Students understand the influence of geography on individuals and groups in Maine, including Maine Native Americans, the United States and the world by identifying the impacts of geographic features on individuals and groups in those communities.
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