For the Teachers - Climate Resources

Teaching resources for climate change / global warming

Warning: US federal government programs listed are pre-Trump. Some programs may have been suppressed by the Trump administration. See HERE.

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ECS Climate Course to train Middle School teachers about climate 

DataStreme ECS has major support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to conduct a Teacher Enhancement Project with a strong leadership component. An innovative Internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers, has been developed and is being implemented nationwide. The course, DataStreme Earth's Climate System (ECS), incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial climate and problem-focused perspectives. It is designed after the other highly successful DataStreme distance-learning courses.

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Profiles of Scientists for Students

Here are some great profiles to excite and inform students about scientists.

Climate Scientists on RealClimate, the website run by climate scientists:

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New US Science Standards include Climate Change and Weather

The Next Generation Science Standards NGSS guidelines for US Science teaching explicitly include climate change and weather at all grade levels K-12. HERE is an article. 

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The World Wildlife Federation WWF has a Climate Curriculum.

The lesson plans are HERE.

 

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Also, why not try this great NOAA Teaching Resources site?

HERE is the NOAA Climate Program Office Education and Climate Literacy link. HERE is a videotaped talk to teachers about teaching climate literacy, at a Fermilab Global Warming Summit in 2008 by Dr. Frank Niepold.

HERE is Dr. Niepold's Powerpoint presentation.

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CAMEL Climate Teaching Resources

Here is the RSS feed from a great website, www.camelclimatechange.org

CAMEL means Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning

The CAMEL (Climate Adaption Mitigation E-Learning) project aspires to create an online learning community which will generate and use high-quality curricular materials about climate change and climate change solutions.  This work is being developed in partnership with NCSE’s Encyclopedia of Earth. This study is funded by the National Science Foundation, Award 0950396. 

n.b. picture from Wikipedia

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Center of Excellence for Clean Energy: K-12 Resources

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The impact of a global temperature rise of 4ºC (7 ºF)

The impacts of climate change will be widespread across the globe. In order to understand more about what the human impact of high-end climate change might be, and therefore what would happen if a successful agreement can not be reached at Copenhagen, the UK's Met Office Hadley Centre has produced a map outlining some of the impacts that may occur if the global average temperature rises by 4 °C (7 °F) above the pre-industrial climate average. The map represents the latest peer-reviewed science on the impacts.  

Using the map: This interactive version of the 4 degree map allows you to select which impacts you want to see, zoom on specific geographies and access more information about the science behind the map.

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And HERE is a new Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators

From the US Global Change Research Program.  

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And from the AAAS Resources for Teachers:

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From the U.S. Climate Action Report (2010) here is a great document that has a long list of educational resources for climate teaching in Table 9-1: Federal climate change programs grouped by primary audience:

9. Education, Training and Outreach
[Fifth National Communication of the United States of America Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change]

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UN Climate Information Kit

This UN CLIMATE INFORMATION KIT is an excellent resource for information on climate change from the United Nations, World Meteorological Organization, and five other international agencies. The 63-page guide (downloads in pdf) is clearly written in plain English, and offers comprehensive information on the science of global climate change, potential impacts, adaptation and mitigation strategies, and policies. This policy emphasis - what the world is doing about climate change - sets this material apart. Data charts, including greenhouse gas emissions and their sources, are another useful feature. This thorough guide was updated in the summer of 2001 with information from the latest reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading authority on the subject. Note: International units are used in this guide, so take this opportunity to familiarize your students with converting degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit and metric measurements to English ones (e.g., meters to feet).

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ACE ( Alliance for Climate Education)

Our mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb the causes of global warming.

Educate high school students about climate change science via our free multimedia assemblies

Inspire students to lower your emissions and raise your voice

Take Action through carbon-reducing projects in schools and communities, with grant and scholarship opportunities.

Here is short VIDEO; here is another VIDEO

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HERE is an interesting automated timeline about the earth and climate change, alongside events in human history.  

 

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And from the Kids site at the US Energy Information Administration, HERE is a great description of Greenhouse Effect and how it affects the earth:

 

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HERE is a great video on climate education for teachers at the Will Steger Foundation. HERE are ready-to-go teacher resources for teaching about climate change.

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Brookings Institute Approach to Climate Education

The Brookings Institute has an approach of Combating Climate Change through Quality Education. HERE is their paper. The site says:

There is a clear education agenda in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, which require learning new knowledge and skills and changing behaviors in order to reduce the vulnerabilities and manage the risks of climate change...The brief presents a framework for the existing communities of practice to  mobilize around in order to promote education for sustainable development and also integrate disaster risk reduction, quality learning, and environmental and climate change education.

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HERE are climate logos for kids that you might find helpful in teaching about climate change.

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The Climate Portal you are reading has lots of teaching resources

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Last edit 29Jan2018

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