SDG Education Resources

Ready-to-use Lesson Plans on the Sustainable Development Goals!

The United Nations introduced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in 2015 as a global plan to reduce poverty, protect nature and enable everyone to live in peace and prosperity. But what would a sustainable world look like? This short video introduces these 17 SDGs: Start with the video you just saw, and show it to your students. This way, your students immediately know the meaning of a ‘SDG’ and what you’re talking about. From here, you can start digging your way through all the SDGs.

To get started, learn about the SDG Atlas and all 17 SDG goals. 

Let your students solve the jigsaw puzzle. When finished, give them a few minutes to check out all the SDGs.



This flashcards exercise gives students a clearer view of what particular goals mean. Use this exercise to drill the goals so students will never forget them.


If you’re not a fan of flashcards, you can always use this hotspot image and let students discover the true meaning of all the SDGs. Same content, different format.


Classroom discussion

Pull the SDGs in a classroom discussion. Gather around in a circle, and ask your students to find a small object that represents them. Put a bottle (or other tall object) in the middle of the circle, and staring bringing out the different sustainable development goals. Students now have to place their objects in the area before them. They can place it in front of their feet, or place it next to the bottle in the middle. They can also place it somewhere in between.

The place of their object defines the importance of the SDG for that particular student. It doesn’t matter which one they choose, whether it’s quality education or the importance of the climate. The closer the object to the bottle in the middle, the more this goal means to them. Ask them why they feel this goal is more important than the other goals. Of course, these are all subjective opinions, so don’t judge your students for their opinions, but ask them to elaborate on their statement.