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Author

ClimateScience

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 60 minutes
  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Write a Climate Solutions Song

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Synopsis
  • In this creative activity, students will write a song about climate change solutions. 
  • The resource also links to helpful articles about climate change. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The student handout links to a variety of amateur and professional climate-action songs, as examples.
  • This activity offers students a chance to work in groups or individually.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The linked Global Citizen article, "12 Essential Songs for Fighting the Climate Crisis," contains some songs and music videos which may not be appropriate for all students.

Differentiation

  • Younger students could write lyrics for a familiar tune such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to make the task less daunting.
  • Older students could make music videos and play them for the class or during a school assembly.
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson on hip hop and activism, this activity on writing a climate monologue, and this video on using art for activism.
Scientist Notes
This resource is intended to help students bridge creativity and awareness of climate change by writing a song about it. While some of the example songs provided may exaggerate some aspects, overall the scientific sources are valid. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.6-8.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard A1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • D.A1.9-12prof.b Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
    • Visual Arts: Standard A2 - Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
      • D.A2.3.a Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.
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