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


Science, English Language Arts

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Write a Letter to Earthly

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  • In this lesson, students will read a short letter from Planet Earthly and will write a response letter. 
  • Students will practice letter-writing skills as they explain to Earthly all the things they will do to help make her healthy again and cure climate change. 

Teaching Tips


  • This is an organized lesson plan that is easy to use. 
  • Students are empowered to help fight climate change. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help build context if students read this interactive story or do this activity about Planet Earthly prior to writing their letters. 
  • Students should have a basic understanding of the framework for writing a letter. 


  • Depending on grade level, students may need to write a draft letter on paper with developmentally appropriate line spacing. 
  • Consider adding a list of vocabulary words to use in their letters.
  • Teachers can mail their digitized letters to schools@climatescience.org to build extrinsic motivation for students. 
  • This lesson plan also asks students to take climate action by writing a persuasive letter about renewable energy. 
  • Other recommended resources include Write a Letter to Thoko or Handwriting Practice with Earthly
Scientist Notes
This is a guide that would assist students to write a letter of commitment and interest in drawing down their individual carbon footprint. This resource is ideal for classroom use.
  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.K.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
      • L.5.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.4.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • K-ESS2-1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
    • 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.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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