Climate Science

A collection of resouces and lessons for teaching climate science in K-12. Links below will take you to recommended sources for more lessons. Scroll down or view the Table of Contents to the left to see the resources included in this colleciton.

 

NASA's Climate Kids

NASA’s Climate Kids website brings climate science to life with fun games, interactive features and exciting articles.

› http://climatekids.nasa.gov/

Climate Change Lessons: JPL Education

This collection of climate change lessons and activities for grades K-12 is aligned with Next Generation Science and Common Core Math Standards and incorporates NASA missions and science along with current events and research.

› http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/tag/search/Climate+Change

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network

The CLEAN project, a part of the National Science Digital Library, provides a reviewed collection of resources students' understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science, coupled with the tools to enable an online community to share and discuss teaching about climate and energy science.

› http://www.cleanet.org/

NOAA: Teaching Climate

This website contains reviewed resources for teaching about climate and energy.

› http://www.climate.gov/teaching

National Climate Assessment Teaching Resources

Part of NOAA's "Teaching Climate" section, the National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks and possible responses to human-caused climate change.

› http://www.climate.gov/teaching/2014-national-climate-assessment-resources-educators

NASA Wavelength

This reviewed collection of NASA Earth and space science resources is for educators of all levels: K-12, higher education and informal science education. Find climate resources in the collection at the following link, which can be filtered by audience, topic, instructional strategy and more.

› http://nasawavelength.org/resource-search?qq=climate&educationalLevel=&n=100
 

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Using a video as an introduction to the unit, many aspects of global warming and climate change are brought to the forefront. This is a heated debate in our society, so why not debate it in class? We do. Students break into groups for and against the idea humans must work to solve global warming right now. Both groups are provided the same informational resources in class and the rules for class debates. After the debate, students write a reaction and personal opinion paper about global warming.
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This is a unit on the study of glaciers and the climate change influence on glaciers. It ends with a debate on the Causes of Glacial Ages.
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To engage students in basic line plot analysis using authentic NASA data. This lesson also allows students to connect the idea that the sun heats up land, air, and water. Students will practice drawing conclusions based on graphed data. Grade Level: K – 2 Estimated Time for Completing Activity: Two 30-minute class periods.
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Global climate change … * is unequivocal, * almost certainly is caused mostly by us, * already is causing significant harm, and * is growing rapidly. In order to understand this, this curriculum leads students through a progression of understanding. It begins with students thinking about climate and weather, and the local impact of sea level rise due to climate change in the first lesson.
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Teach the science behind climate change with four middle school lessons and two high school lessons from Scholastic and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Students will use NASA satellite data to study temperature and snow-ice coverage in the South Beaufort Sea, Alaska. The data can be used to correlate with USGS ground tracking of polar bears, and to relate this to global change, sea ice changes, and polar bear migration. The data can be used to draw conclusions surrounding any migration patterns in the region. Grade Level: 7 – 12 Estimated Time for Completing Activity: Two 50-minute class periods
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Purpose: Students will use authentic satellite data to determine when the sea surface temperature meets the criteria to induce coral bleaching. Grade Level: 5 – 12 Estimated Time for Completing Activity: 50 minutes
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The National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks and possible responses to human-caused climate change. NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed 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.
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To engage students in basic bar graph construction using authentic NASA data. Grade Level: K – 2 Estimated Time for Completing Activity: 1 50-minute class period
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