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 for resolving the issue.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of common global environmental issues. 


  • Read and discuss the sample comic. 

  • Have students identify other things that can 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.


  • Introduce the following vocabulary:
    • pollution
    • global warming
    • depletion
    • degradation
    • sustainable
    • unsustainable
    • deforestation
    • biodiversity
    • genetic engineering
    • acid rain
  • Have students select a current global environmental issue to research. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-panel comic 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.


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


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Use Think-Pair-Share strategy during whole group discussion.

  • Provide a list of environmental issues.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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