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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
  • Articles and Websites

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
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • 6.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
      • 7.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
  • Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 2 - Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
      • VA.2.CR2.3 1. Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.
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