World’s Largest Lesson

World's Largest Lesson logoThe World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainanable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals) to children and young people.

Here you will find a wealth of background information on all of the Global Goals, together with teaching tips, classroom activity ideas and links to lesson plans, film clips and teaching packs.

New projects for 2017: A  focus on food, sustainability and hunger

World’s Largest Lesson 2017 starts on the 18th September and is encouraging lessons to take place during a wider window leading up to the 20th November and World Children’s Day.

This year, World’s Largest Lesson is asking children to think about how their food choices impact the SDGs and to pledge to make changes. From healthy eating to reducing wastage, eliminating plastic packaging, sourcing closer to home and checking on the practices of food producers, children can get more involved in Goals 2, 3, 13, 14, and 15.


Every Plate Tells A Story This project invites children to make the Goals personal by evaluating their plate, identifying something they can change and sharing it.

While many children have enough to eat there are thousands who don’t. The hunger project asks students to consider what they can do to raise awareness of this problem so that action is taken across the world.

Flip Grids

Students can raise their voice and share ideas for change with their peers through the new Voices for the Global Goals Flip Grid.
The Global Educator Flip Grid encourages teachers to share what you’re doing to #TeachSDGs in the classroom

Online map

Add your lesson experiences onto this huge global map to connect with other teachers

Click on the images below to access information, lesson plans and teaching resources for each specific goal.

Lesson plans

If you or your class are new to the Goals, these lesson plans and activity ideas introduce the Global Goals, the principles behind the Goals and actions we can take.

Introducing the Global Goals – 30 mins, ages 8 to 11. This can be used for an assembly, tutor time or class activity.

Introducing the Global Goals – 60 minutes, ages 8 to 14. This is suitable for Citizenship, Geography, Social Science.

Working Together to Achieve the Global Goals – 60 mins, ages 8 to 11. An ideal follow-on from the introduction, suitable for Social Studies, Citizenship, Geography.

Understanding Sustainable Living – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Geography, Science, Social Studies.

There’s No Point Going Half Way – From MDGs to the Global Goals – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Geography, Social Studies.

The World Is Not Equal. Is That Fair? – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Social Studies.

More lesson plans are available on the individual Global Goal web pages, accessible via the icons above.

See also the Heroes For Change comic on how we can all work together to achieve the Goals.

Global Goals - cartoon - download PDF

More useful links

The World’s Largest Lesson website – here you can find all the resources including lesson plans created by teachers, a teachers’ guide, a comic book, a wonderful animation, a Global Goals guide for young people, and much more…

The World’s Largest Lesson campaign toolkit – all you need to communicate, promote and support the World’s Largest Lesson including branding, logos, lovely images, great posters and all the Global Goals icons.

The Global Goals website – lots more stuff to help everyone promote the Global Goals everywhere!

There are some great cartoons by Margreet De Heer outlining each of the Global Goals in more detail. Click on the cartoon to download a PDF A4 poster version.