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1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th


Science, English Language Arts

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  • Activity - Classroom, 60 minutes
  • Ebooks
  • Lesson Plans

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"Saving Planet Earthly": Read Aloud

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  • The children's book Saving Planet Earthly provides a clear introduction to the causes, consequences, and solutions of climate change.
  • Teachers can read the book aloud or students can take turns reading, and the Teacher's Guide provides discussion questions and other suggestions for accompanying activities.

Teaching Tips


  • This activity builds students' note-taking and reading skills.
  • There is a glossary at the end of the book and an encouraging note to inspire readers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • To see SubjectToClimate's notes on "Saving Planet Earthly," click here. To go directly to the digital text, click here.
  • Students must have a basic understanding of climate change terms.


  • Teachers should consider providing a method for students to practice writing notes, such as a graphic organizer.
  • As an extension, students could be challenged to write a letter to Earthly pledging to take action to help the environment.
  • The teacher could ask students to write their own definitions of climate change on the board and then combine them into one complete definition.
  • Other recommended resources include Handwriting Practice with Earthly and Write a Letter to Thoko.
Scientist Notes

This is a storytelling piece. It is relatable and introduces climate and weather, the factors influencing our climate system, and the impact it has on the planet. Students can learn the basics to gain insights on how to take urgent climate action in their local environment. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
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    • This is a great way for students to practice literacy skills while reading a fun book that teaches about climate change. It's great that it includes a digital text or audiobook!
      1 year ago