Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 35 - 40 mins

Topic: Environmental Issues Affecting Our World

Grade Level: 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will identify a current global issue affecting our environment and determine a method of how the issue can be solved.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should have an understanding of common global environmental issues. 

  • Vocabulary e.g., pollution, global warming, depletion, degradation, sustainable, unsustainable, deforestation, biodiversity, genetic engineering, acid rain.

Hook:

  • Read and discuss the sample comic. Can they think of any other things that could be harmful to the environment? E.g., The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, global warming, natural disasters etc.

  • Talk about why environmental issues are important and discuss possible solutions.

Activity:

  • Have students select a current global environmental issue to research. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-three-panel comic displaying information about the issue and a possible solution. 

  • Information in the comic should include:

    • The environmental issue.

    • Who it affects.

    • Where it is most harmful. 

    • A possible solution.

Closure: Have students share their completed comics with the class. This can be done in a round robin style or with a gallery walk.

Differentiation:

  • Use Think-Pair-Share strategy during whole group discussion.

  • Provide a list of issues or allow students to self-select.

  • Display student comic expectations during work time.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

Suggested Story Starters: