Classroom Activities for Sustainability

Resources for Teachers and K–12 Students

Getting Their Hands in the Dirt

A Case for Elementary School Gardens

Meet the students of Manzo Elementary in Tucson, AZ, and discover the impact of gardening on students’ learning, development, health and happiness.

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Short Classroom Activities

Empower your students to think critically about sustainability with these downloadable, 15-minute activities. Contributed by The Walton Sustainability Solutions National Teachers’ Academies.
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Think Sustainability

Use these supplementary slides to help students explore and discuss relevant issues such as waste, energy, food and water.
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Sustainability in the News

Equip your class to think critically about current events and their impacts on the environment and sustainability.
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Sustainability Haiku

Guide students to deepen their understanding of sustainability through creative language and imagery.
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Life Cycle Analysis of Electronic Devices

Help students consider the impact of electronic devices on the planet. This plan includes an 8-minute video.
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If the World Were 100 People

Empower your students to understand global statistics related to access to education, healthcare and more.
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How a Chicken Nugget Impacts Our World

This lesson plan for grades 5–10 analyzes the life cycle of a chicken nugget and how our food decisions impact the environment, society and economy. Contributed by The Walton Sustainability Solutions National Teachers’ Academies.

Introduction to the Life Cycle Analysis

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“Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045” Comic Book

Envision the near future of Arizona’s energy systems and their impact on society through this science-based comic book. Created by award-winning comics authors in partnership with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination.

Educators Awards

Envision the near future of Arizona’s energy systems and their impact on society through this science-based comic book. Created by award-winning comics authors in partnership with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination.

Games on Sustainability

Explore virtual games on sustainability from Minecraft, the UN and more.

Sustainable Explainable Video Series

Discover short videos that will help your students understand sustainability and unpack commonly used terms in plain English.