Days to Celebrate in April:

Week before Earth Day: National Environmental Education Week

22nd: Earth Day

26th: National Healthy Schools Day

Last Friday: Arbor Day

 

Guides and Curricula:

EPA: A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

Stanford University Climate Change Education – Global climate change is 1) unequivocal,

2) almost certainly is caused mostly by us, 3) already is causing significant harm, and

4)is growing rapidly.

Will Steger Foundation’s Citizen Climate Curriculum Addition – These lesson plans build on the Will Steger Foundation’s original six lesson plans on the basics of global warming.

Global Warming 101 – These six interdisciplinary lesson plans were edited and approved by National Geographic Xpeditions and Union of Concerned Scientists, are standards-based, and help students master the requisite background information on global climate change processes, the importance of the Arctic to global climate, the potential effects of global warming in the Arctic, and consider what could/should be done in response.

An Inconvenient Truth in the Classroom – It is designed to encourage students to analyze the science of global warming and its relevance to current events and their daily lives.

Curricula for Global Sustainability – Ignite your students’ learning and inspire them to take action in their community with hands-on, standards-aligned global sustainability curricula

Climate Warming Lesson from NOW – Use the NOW Classroom standards-linked lesson on global warming to help students research and form credible opinions. This lesson is designed for social studies, debate, language arts, government/citizenship, and current events classes, grades 9-12.

Climate Change – A Wisconsin activity guide – a resource for Wisconsin’s teachers to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to become informed and active participants in society’s climate change discussions.

Evidence of Climate Change in Colorado – The driving question for “Evidence of Climate Change” is “How do we know that Colorado’s climate is changing and how will it affect us?”

Atmosphere Lessons – 5 lessons with experiments

Weather and Atmosphere Unit – 9 week program with handouts and labs

NOAA Ozone Unit

Teaching Layers of the Atmosphere– lesson plan with foldable, video and reading selection

Problem-based Learning Modules Aerosols and Pollution, Aerosols and Clouds

Energy House

Learning and Conserving

Energy Literacy Framework

Energy Teach and Learn

 

Apps:

Climate Eyes– This app has timeline tools and maps, to help you explore climate change in a very easy way.

Earth-Now– an application that visualizes recent global climate data from Earth Science satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor as well as gravity and sea level variations.

NASA Visualization Explorer – This is the NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iOS device.

Games

The Atmospheric Trivia Game

Weather and Climate games with NASA’s Climate Kids

The Atmospheric Arcade

Jason LearningMany games – set up an account to begin

SmogCity2Using an interactive air pollution simulator to control the air quality in Smog City 2, you can see how individual choices, environmental factors, and different types of land use affect air pollution.

BBC’s Cllmate ChallengeYou are president of the European nations and must tackle global climate change from 2000 – 2100

CEO2 – The Climate Business Game

Videos

Earth: The Operator’s Manual– To illustrate the evidence and the way forward, host Richard Alley, takes viewers on a High-Definition trip around the globe, from New Zealand to New Orleans, telling the story of Earth’s climate history and our relationship with fossil fuels.

Education Portal – The Atmosphere – 15 video lessons with quizzes and transcripts detailing information about the atmosphere

The Children’s Climate Crusade

Energy Literacy Videos

Energy 101 Videos

 

Useful Links

NASA’s Climate Kids – Games and interactive modules

Global Warming ScienceThe science is clear. Global warming is happening. We are the primary cause. From the Union of Concerned Scientists