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DOT Mural

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  • This resource provides step-by-step instructions for planning and creating a "Do One Thing" mural or artistic display. 
  • The project will give students an opportunity to be creative and artistic, while encouraging their classmates and schoolmates to take action for the environment and the climate.

Teaching Tips


  • The instructions are flexible, yet provide information about the small and large details of planning the action and displaying the results in a mural form.
  • The project can be integrated with Earth Day events or environmental club activities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to understand how these actions can impact the environment and climate change.
  • Administrative approval is likely required for the success of this activity.
  • The materials are available without an account.


  • This activity could be completed by a class, a school club, or an entire school.
  • English language arts skills can be incorporated into this activity through writing school announcements or creating a school-wide email to students and teachers.
  • The mural design could be permanent, temporary, or could change throughout the school year. 
  • Students could serve in different leadership roles in the process of the project and work in groups to achieve various tasks.
  • Other resources about individual actions include Living Large, this footprint calculator by the Nature Conservancy, and this Carbon Check activity.

Scientist Notes

There is no misconception in the resource. This resource is recommended for teaching climate science and environmental justice.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • 8.35 Analyze and apply a range of deliberative and collaborative procedures to make decisions and take informed action.
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