Curriculum & Lesson Plans

Our curriculum includes a college-level #ClimateMigrationSyllabus, a broad multi-unit Climate-Induced Migration: A High School Curriculum, and a range of K-12 curriculum units in a variety of disciplines developed and piloted by teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina.

Curriculum units and lesson plans are for educational purposes only and should be used with attribution to authors cited within. Curriculum developed with support from National Geographic Society and the Charlotte Teachers Institute.

K-12 Curriculum

High School
Middle School

Grades K-5

High School

Africana Futurist Narratives and Hope for a Brave New World Beyond Walls

by Angela Walker (12th Grade English and Language Arts/AP English)

Global Civil War: A Refugee’s Story

by Erika Williams (10th-12th Grade, Science, All Subject Areas)

Chew on This: Environmental Racism and Food Justice

by Jenny Myers (9th-12th Grade, World History)

Who are Climate Refugees? A Guide to a Digital Advocacy Toolkit

by Lindsay Adams (Civics and Economics, Social Studies, English)

Qui Sont Les Réfugiés Climatiques? (Who are the Climate Refugees?)

by Mawuena Dabla (French)

Their Past, Our Futures: Climate Change, Climate Migration and Indigenous Resilience in the World Languages Classroom

by Matt Kelly (Spanish)

Middle School

Climate Change and Refugees: Not My Trash But My New Home (School)

by Mariella Fernandes (English as a Second Language, Social Studies, ELA)

Grades K-5

Climate Refugee Stories: Rising Above Challenges

by Seon Sloley (3rd – 5th Grade, Reading, Research, Science)

From Rohingya to Bangladesh: Prisoners of Their Own Land

by Harlina Vargas (3rd Grade, Art)

Overcoming Challenges: A Collaborative Project Exploring Climate Migration

by Lynne Wiesecke (Grades 1-5, Reading, English as a Second Language, ELA)

“Bee” a Climate Conscious Citizen – Taking Care of our Climate, Classroom, and Community

by Amy Mateer (K-2)

The #ClimateMigrationSyllabus is a crowd-sourced, expanding set of resources for further reading, research, and action. This syllabus is designed to introduce critical climate refugee studies to scholarly and public discussions about climate migration. In other words, we aim to challenge prevailing narratives about climate and migration “crisis” that sow division and despair, and instead invite readers to define challenges and opportunities surrounding climate migration through critical thought and debate. Above all, we urge audiences to listen primarily to the voices and expertise of those who are most impacted. Cover artwork by Bo Thai.

Additional Lesson Plans

Climate-Induced Migration: A High School Curriculum

by Hania Mariën and Miriam Engeler

Climate Change in Popular Culture by Abby Williams

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