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CLASSROOM CURRICULUM RESOURCES
Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
The CLEAN catalog contains a vast array of lessons, activities and media to teach climate science in the classroom. The catalog is constantly being updated with the best available resources from a variety of trusted sources and all of its contents are reviewed by a panel of teachers and scientists to ensure quality. Resources are easily searchable by grade level, topic and Next Generation Science Standards.
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED)
NEED provides a variety of K-12 curriculum, lessons and resources that focus specifically on where our energy comes from, how it is produced, transmitted and used, and what we can do to conserve energy. Lesson plans focus on both conventional and renewable energy sources.
ClimateChangeLIVE is a series of webcasts and supporting online climate education resources from the U.S. Forest Service and 26 partners, including ACE. These electronic field trips are a great way for students to learn about climate change from scientists, teachers, and other students. ClimateChangeLIVE even includes footage from the original ACE Assembly.
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy offers grade 3-12 resources in the form of curriculum guides as well as online modules for free download. Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the curricula has been reviewed by scientists and educators. All curriculum guides encourage in-depth learning, are interdisciplinary and science based and have online connections, in the form of videos, articles and interactive media.
California Education and the Environment Initiative
California EEI has hundreds of K-12 lesson plans, information texts and beautiful maps from National Geographic. EEI units teach critical skills in science and history-social science using environmental topics as a lens. All content supports Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Content is available for download for teachers outside of California, as well. California teachers can attend an EEI training and order hard copies of the curriculum for free.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND ADDRESSING CONTROVERSY
Skeptical Science is the premier online resource for debunking climate change myths using current, peer-reviewed science. The site employs high-quality messaging techniques and goes to great pains to explain the science in an easy-to-understand way. Be sure to download the “Debunking Handbook” and “TheScientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism” in the right sidebar for a more comprehensive look at debunking climate myths and communicating effectively.
A source for research, news articles, and commentary on climate change communications, behavior change, and public opinion. Climate Access has a very useful “Resource Hub” featuring special collections on various climate change topics, including recommended reading lists from leading experts.
Climate Nexus has a daily email digest, Hot News, of all climate and energy-related news. They also have guides on climate change messaging and the connection between climate change and extreme weather.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
EESI distills the week’s top climate news into one succinct newsletter that gives brief abstracts of all the selected articles and provides links to the full text. You can visit the website for the most current edition or sign up for the weekly newsletter email. This is a great resource to stay up on top of most current climate news while you’re on the fly!
Climate Central is a top-notch source for current climate news, commentary, graphics and media, as well as a wonderful source of sound climate science. Visit the “News” tab to stay up-to-date on the most current climate science information.
National Climate Assessment
This report, released in 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, highlights the impacts of climate change for each region across the U.S. The website is mobile friendly (great for students with iPads) is well written and features fun, interactive graphics.
With sections on Understanding Climate, Education Resources and a new ClimateWatch Magazine, climate.gov is the U.S. government’s primary vehicle for communicating with the public about climate change. This resource is both comprehensive and user-friendly.
NASA has a great dashboard called “Vital Signs of the Planet” that keeps track of the planet’s key climate change indicators including carbon dioxide concentrations, rate of temperature increase, rate of sea level rise and others. NASA also has a monthly email “Global Climate Change News: Vital Signs of the Planet” with great short articles and images.