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Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Alliance 2017 Effective Practices Webinar Series
June 1, 2017

People in key influential positions across the country are making decisions that determine how their communities address climate change. These Key Influential (KI) community leaders work collectively with other community experts to understand the...

NOAA Climate Stewards Webinar Series
June 5, 2017

This month NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project is proud to welcome Dr. John Cook, a cognitive scientist from George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication as our featured speaker. 

Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Alliance 2017 Effective Practices Webinar Series
May 15, 2017

Indigenous environmental knowledge, developed over generations by managing natural resources through place-based solutions, has the potential to influence local and global responses to the changing climate. Western climate science, particularly...

Tri-Agency Climate Education (TrACE) Collaborative and MADE CLEAR
August 8, 2017 to August 10, 2017

Climate change impacts our natural and engineered environments, our health, and our communities. You hear about it on the news, but are you prepared to teach about the global impacts of climate change and solutions? MADE CLEAR and NOAA invite...

Teaching Climate Literacy

  • Climate and energy are complex topics. There are many ways to approach climate and energy depending on the grade level, course topics and instructional method.

Professional Development

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Teaching Systems Thinking to Fill the Climate Literacy Gap

What will it take to produce a workforce that understands the relationships between environmental

National Climate Assessment Teaching Resources

  • Explore a series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the Assessment Report, helping to unpack the key messages of each region and point to related, high-quality online resources.

Case Studies

Unique and diverse youth programming models and student-driven initiatives that are advancing place-based climate solutions.

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Educational Resources

This activity explores how the topic of climate change is represented in various forms of writing, from scholarly articles to opinion pieces and works of fiction.

In this activity, students use Google Earth to investigate ideal features of wind farms.

This 3-activity sequence addresses the question: "To what extent should coastal communities build or rebuild?" The activity uses social science and geoscience data to prepare an evidence-based response to the question, in targeted US coastal communities.

In this activity, students investigate the shifting of three penguin communities in response to climate change.

This activity utilizes a PhET greenhouse gas simulation to explore the interaction of different atmospheric gases with different types of radiation.

In this activity, students explore how the timing of color change and leaf drop of New England's deciduous trees is changing.

This web page from the National Snow and Ice Data Center contains two related visualizations and supporting information about them.

This video reviews how increasing temperatures in the Arctic are affecting the path of the jet stream, the severity of storms, and the length of individual weather events (rain, storms, drought).

This video, from the US Department of Energy, shows the basics of how a PV panel converts light radiated from the sun into usable power, whether on the electric grid or off, and without emissions or the use of fossil fuels.

This video segment features subsistence fishing and harvesting in the Northwestern US. The segment was adapted from a student video produced at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington.

This interactive shows the extent of the killing of lodgepole pine trees in western Canada. The spread of pine beetle throughout British Columbia has devastated the lodgepole pine forests there.

This video documents the scope of changes in the Arctic, focusing on the impacts of warming and climate change on the indigenous Inuit population.

This activity from the Department of Energy provides background information about solar ovens and instructions on building a simple model solar cooker.

An interactive simulation that allows the user to adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see the glacier grow and shrink in response.

This simulation was created by a student for students based on the Gaia Theory using the simulation of Daisyworld. Students will learn the concept of albedo and be able to discuss implications of changes in the system.

This visualization focuses on public acceptance of climate science. The set of interactive maps illustrates public opinion on a variety of climate beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support. The data is from the Yale Project on Climate Communication.

This animation depicts real-time wind speed and direction at selected heights above Earth's surface, ocean surface currents, and ocean surface temperatures and anomalies.

An interactive that illustrates the relationships between the axial tilt of the Earth, latitude, and temperature. Several data sets (including temperature, Sun-Earth distance, daylight hours) can be generated.

This activity from the Department of Energy provides background information about solar ovens and instructions on building a simple model solar cooker.

In this lab activity, students investigate how to prepare a biofuel source for conversion to a combustible product. The activity models how raw materials are refined to process liquid fuels.

In this short but effective demonstration/experiment, students investigate how thermal expansion of water might affect sea level.

This hands-on activity introduces students to the process of fermenting different carbohydrate sources into ethanol. Teachers demonstrate yeasts' inability to metabolize certain food sources.

In this activity, students conduct a life cycle assessment of energy used and produced in ethanol production, and a life cycle assessment of carbon dioxide used and produced in ethanol production.

This is a long-term inquiry activity in which students investigate locations they believe harbor cellulose-digesting microbes, collect samples, isolate them on selective media, and screen them for cellulase activity. These novel microbes may be useful for the production of cellulosic ethanol.