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  • In this resource, students will learn about snags or dead trees still standing and the ecosystem services they provide.
  • Students will learn about the birds, mammals, and insects that use snags for food, shelter, and protection.
Grade 3-5 | 6-8
Subject Science,Biology
Resource Type Articles/Websites

  • This engaging, interactive, and colorful site takes students on an environmental journey from mountaintops to the ocean floor, with climate sustainability information provided along the way.
  • Students will learn about a wide variety of climate solutions, both in nature and in cities, with clear evidence of hope for the future embedded in the attached informative links.
Grade 6-8 | 9-12 | 3-5
Subject Science,Biology,Earth and Space Sciences
Resource Type Interactive Media

  • This activity explores upcycling, environmental stewardship, and how human beings are connected to their surrounding environment.
  • Students will complete a project where they create an artistic object that reduces waste, and they will engage in a classroom discussion about the objects they just created.
Grade k-2 | 3-5 | 6-8
Subject Science,Visual and Performing Arts,Engineering
Resource Type Projects

  • This lesson explores the historical roots of music, the "eco rhythms" that can be found in nature, and how living beings are connected to the environment they live in.
  • Students will complete an outdoor activity that involves musical improvisation and engage in multiple classroom discussions about the sounds of nature.
Grade k-2 | 3-5 | 6-8 | 9-12
Subject Visual and Performing Arts
Resource Type Activity - Outdoors

  • In this lesson, students will watch a video to understand the importance of salmon in Indigenous cultures, ecosystem services that help the salmon, and how human activities impact salmon populations.
  • This lesson is the fourth in the "Honoring the Salmon" unit and includes some materials for the entire unit, such as a traditions worksheet, family letter, and book list for previous lessons.
Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Science,Social Studies
Resource Type Lesson Plans

  • This website provides a number of videos about watersheds, maps of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and a brief description of that watershed.
  • Students will learn about the waterways leading into the Chesapeake Bay, including those in Cooperstown, NY, Suffolk and Blacksburg, VA, and Berlin, MA.
Grade 3-5 | 6-8
Subject Science,Social Studies
Resource Type Articles/Websites

  • This webpage includes several resources to teach elementary students about New Jersey's agriculture, including a fact sheet, a video introducing students to three New Jersey Farms, two websites from the Department of Agriculture for education, and an E-book detailing the popular crops grown in New Jersey.
  • Students will see farms in Sussex, Tabernacle, and Pedrickstown, learn about sweet corn from Salem, Burlington, and Gloucester counties, and become familiar with various New Jersey-grown foods.
  • The K-6 resources are in the upper right of the page.
Grade k-2 | 3-5 | 6-8
Subject Science,Social Studies
Resource Type Articles/Websites

  • This reading comprehension worksheet discusses various turtles that are native to Connecticut, the ecosystems they inhabit, and how humans can help turtles thrive.
  • Students will be able to test their reading comprehension by completing the "Turtle Test" matching activity on the worksheet.
Grade 3-5
Subject Science,English Language Arts
Resource Type Assessments

  • This collection of seven lesson plans will introduce elementary students to the effects of climate change on New Jersey, farms in NJ, and how they can help.
  • Students will create models to illustrate the greenhouse effect, sea level rise, and the impact of droughts and floods on plants, then make compost with plant matter from home, learn about adaptations in New Jersey's agriculture, and learn things they can do to stop global warming.
Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Science,Social Studies
Resource Type Lesson Plans

  • This coloring page and activity sheet gives information about the top speed of peregrine falcons, the areas they inhabit in Connecticut, and the formerly used pesticide that almost caused their extinction.
  • Students will learn that peregrine falcons are the fastest animal on Earth, they can live in various high-altitude areas, and they are skilled hunters.
Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Science,Visual and Performing Arts
Resource Type Worksheets

  • This article tells readers what to do if they spot a bat in Connecticut and provides additional information about bats.
  • Students will learn about white-nose syndrome and its impacts on the bat population, bat migratory and hibernation patterns, and bat habitats.
Grade 6-8 | 3-5
Subject Science
Resource Type Articles/Websites

  • In this lesson, students will use maps, graphs, and data from California to investigate the connection between air quality, wildfires, and location.
  • Students will develop questions about the causes of poor air quality, use fire and smoke maps to determine the impact of wildfires on air quality, analyze the increase in droughts and wildfires due to anthropogenic climate change, and analyze box plots to compare the air quality in different communities.
Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Mathematics
Resource Type Lesson Plans

Climate Change Lessons By Teachers

Explore climate change lessons created by teachers for the subjects you teach.

  • This fun and inspiring activity lets students color in various Captain Climate images, print off and color bookmarks, and make a cutout of their ideas to help the Earth.

  • The images in the activity encourage students to be kind, read books, and protect the planet.

Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Visual and Performing Arts

  • These online vocabulary cards go over useful terms about air pollution, environmental justice, and climate change.

  • The vocabulary terms are defined and accompanied by an illustrative image.

Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Health

  • This bundle of writing prompts, calendar planning pages, goal planning sheets, a student survey, and coloring pages will be sure to get your students back into the swing of things this fall.

  • The materials can be customized, downloaded, or printed for use in the classroom or as homework assignments.

Grade 9-12
Subject Science,Social Studies,English Language Arts,Visual and Performing Arts

  • This collection of short writing prompts, bell ringers, planner pages, monthly calendars, goal-setting sheets, a student survey, and coloring pages will help get middle school students ready to start the school year by reflecting on their summer and thinking about what they’d like to accomplish.

  • The slides can be customized, downloaded, shared, or printed.

Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Social Studies,English Language Arts,Visual and Performing Arts

  • Get your students excited for the new school year with this collection of Captain Climate coloring pages, bell ringers, writing prompts, classroom signs, class schedule cards, goal planning sheets, a student survey, and an "all about me" page.

  • There are a number of customizable and printable signs, labels, and worksheets that can be used for a variety of purposes.

Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Social Studies,English Language Arts,Visual and Performing Arts

  • Use these classroom signs, songs, poems, coloring sheets, and writing prompts to get your students excited about the new school year.

  • There are a number of printable, downloadable, and customizable worksheets, signs, and labels to get your classroom ready and the activities will get your students excited to learn!


Grade k-2
Subject Science,English Language Arts,Visual and Performing Arts

  • This engaging summer learning activity sheet will keep your high school kids learning all summer long with experiments, podcasts, graphic novels, educational videos, and career path discussions.

  • The activities can be completed randomly, as a game, or they can complete the entire sheet.

Grade 9-12
Subject Science,Social Studies,English Language Arts,Health

  • This fun summer learning activity sheet is full of hands-on activities and experiments, interactive games, reading and writing activities, educational videos, and podcasts.

  • Keep your kids learning all summer long as they get outdoors and continue to practice their reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Social Studies,Chemistry,Biology,Earth and Space Sciences,English Language Arts,Visual and Performing Arts

Lesson Plan

Students explore water scarcity and international conflicts over rivers and create a video op-ed.


Inquire: Students examine moral and legal questions related to sharing water with those who need it.


Investigate: Students learn the term riparian rights and participate in a jigsaw activity to explore conflicts between countries over the building of large dams on shared river systems.


Inspire: Students create an op-ed about how to approach water conflicts, address the challenges of climate change, and ensure water access for all.

Grade 9-12
Subject Social Studies,Geography
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about air pollution and how it is monitored so they can take action to stay healthy and spread awareness.


Inquire: Students discuss outdoor air pollution and how it affects their health.


Investigate: Students learn about air quality through videos and station work that explore various air quality tools and resources.


Inspire: Students discuss ways they can share air quality awareness at school, at home, and in their community.

Grade 3-5
Subject Health
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Students discuss Kame‘eleihiwa’s view of past and present, reflecting on food choices and climate change.


Inquire: Students calculate the carbon footprint of their food and diet to reflect on how personal food choices affect climate change.


Investigate: Students read ‘ulu mo’olelo alongside articles and podcasts, and analyze how perspective affects storytelling.


Inspire: Students write an opinion article about ‘ulu as a climate change resilient food.

Grade 9-12
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Students learn about sharing and discuss and write about the importance of Earth’s biodiversity.


Inquire: Students activate prior knowledge with a discussion on sharing.


Investigate: Students discover how resources can be shared equally and unequally in a game.


Inspire: Students take part in a read aloud to discover who and what shares Earth, then brainstorm ways to share Earth responsibly with those around them.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

News for Students

News articles that can be adjusted to your students' grade levels and enrich their climate learning experience.

News
May 23

'Sheer Terror' Aboard Singapore Jetliner Hit with Violent Turbulence

A 73-year-old British man died of a suspected heart attack when extreme turbulence rattled a Singapo...

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May 22

Tick Talk: How to Protect Yourself During Tick Season

Our warming planet isn’t bad news for all species. In fact, some thrive as temps soar. Un...

News
May 21

Six Decades Later, Black Astronaut Finally Reaches Space

Sixty-one years ago, Ed Dwight almost became America’s first Black astronaut to reach space . On Su...

News
May 20

The Perplexing Politics of Puffin Protection

A plan put in place to protect puffins along Britain’s North Sea coast seemed simple enough: ban fishing...

News
May 17

Report: World Reached Key 30% Clean Energy Mark in 2023

A boom in solar and wind energy use allowed the world to rely on clean energy so...

News
May 16

Canada's Devastating Wildfires Are Back; Some Never Left

The wildfires that scorched 46 million acres in 2023 across Canada are back. In fact, many of t...

News
May 14

Baby Orca Marooned in Lagoon Finds Own Way to Freedom

We all need help now and then. But sometimes the one most capable of saving us can be found in a mirror.

News
May 14

Study Finds Wood Age May Be More Apt Than Stone Age

For decades, scientists have studied ancient humans. And they believed that stone was the chief substance used...

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May 13

Floods Kill Hundreds in Afghanistan, Brazil, and Indonesia

Heavy rains from a season of severe weather have struck Afghanistan, Brazil, and Indonesia in recent...

News
May 10

Spring's Severe Weather Spawns Tornadoes; Warning Systems Save Lives

A rash of strong storms continued to sweep across the US this week. They’ve brought high winds...

News
May 9

African Aquarium Races to the Rescue of Baby Sea Turtles

A turtle conservation center at Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, is used to nursing b...

News
May 9

La Niña Is Headed Our Way, But a Cooler Summer May Not Be Coming With It

Our planet is, at last, trending out of the heat-inducing El Niño climate pattern that’s bee...

News
May 7

AI Algorithm Hunts Down 27,000 New Asteroids

Astronomers used to have just one option to find the more than 1 million asteroids in the asteroid b...

News
May 6

Most Plastic Waste Produced By Just 56 Companies

It’s not hard to spot plastic waste: Bottles and other plastic items are scattered on roadsides, beaches...

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May 6

Humans Only Species to Make Medicine? Not So, Orangutan Shows

For 35 years, researchers have studied the life of Rakus. He's a male orangutan living in Gunung Leuser Nation...

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May 2

Land Crunch: Solar Farms Begin to Gobble Up America's Midwest

The solar market's efforts to lease land in the US Midwest for massive solar-panel farms is causing&...

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May 1

Goldman Prizes, the "Nobels of Environmentalism," Awarded to Eco-Activists Around the World

Much of the news about the environment is about things getting worse. It can be easy to forget that many peopl...

News
Apr 30

Teen Finds Rare Lego Treasure Washed Ashore

Some people comb the beach looking for lost pirate treasure. Others scour the sands for their favori...

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Professional Learning

Find the right professional learning opportunity for you or your school, whether it is support for curriculum development or foundational knowledge about climate change.

Maine Environmental Education Association

Wabanaki Studies Professional Development Workshops

In this workshop, teachers will learn how to incorporate Wabanaki studies into their cl...

Format: In Person
Date(s) Offered: May 11, May 18, June 20
WhyMaker

Clean Energy Educator Workshops

In this workshop, teachers will receive 1-4 days of professional learning on the topic of clean energy. Tea...

Format: In Person
Date(s) Offered: May 10, July 15-18, and July 22-25
STEM Teaching Tools

Climate Learning Resources

This page features many resources on many different topics. These resources are divided into six sections: STEM...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

The Cloud Institute's Education for Sustainability Standards and Performance Indicators

The Cloud Institute's Education for Sustainability...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
National Center for Science Education

1.5°C May Not Seem Like Much, But It's a Really Big Deal. Here's Why.

This article explains the importance of limiting global heating to th...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
CLEAN

Fundamental Concepts: Connecting Elementary Science Topics to Climate

The US Global Change Research Program has identified several Climate...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education—College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point

Step Outside Into Learning Online Module

In this self-paced online module, teachers will learn about how to teach outdoors.Participants hav...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
Date(s) Offered: Rolling Enrollment, Runs from July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
SubjectToClimate

Climate Change Teaching Tips

In this SubjectToClimate course, teachers will learn about teaching climate change. It includes nine modules,...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
CLEAN

Controversy in the Classroom: Strategies for Managing Climate Change Discourse

This article provides techniques for educators to address cl...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
NOAA

Toolbox for Teaching Climate and Energy

This website features many resources to equip teachers to teach about climate and energy. The site...

Format: Online: Asynchronous

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