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Resource
Type of resource
Link
Comment/Description/review
A People's Curriculum for the Earth
Book collection
https://www.rethinkingschools.org/books/title/a-people-s-curriculum-for-the-earth
From the team at Rethinnking Schools- "a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis."
Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours
Book
https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
A beautiful book by Jane Goodall to inspire a love of animals, nature as well a belief that we can make change.
Environmental Issues Books
Book collection
https://teachheart.org/environmental-issues-books-for-ages-2-to-10/
Booklist for high quality environmentally-themed books for kids ages 2-10
Environmental Issues Books
Book collection
https://teachheart.org/environmental-issues-books-for-ages-10-to-18/
Booklist for high quality environmentally-themed books for kids ages 10-18
Novel: The Carbon Diaries 2015
Book
https://www.amazon.com/Carbon-Diaries-2015-Saci-Lloyd/dp/0823423018#customerReviews
A young-adult novel told through a 16 year old's diary entries that tells the tale of climate related stress and disaster.
Novel: The Carbon Diaries 2017
Book
https://www.amazon.com/Carbon-Diaries-2017-Saci-Lloyd/dp/0823423905/ref=pd_sbs_14_img_0/137-2074282-8908924?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0823423905&pd_rd_r=0be31450-9a43-45e3-9cb7-b1121931f213&pd_rd_w=Aerdv&pd_rd_wg=7O8a7&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=W5T1320P6MFCJTT4Q46F&psc=1&refRID=W5T1320P6MFCJTT4Q46F
Sequel to Carbon Diaries 2015
Recource List from Biomimicry Institute
Resources list
https://asknature.org/?s=&p=0&hFR%5Bpost_type_label%5D%5B0%5D=Resources
A great resource based on the idea of solutions inspired by nature.
Senna Helps the Sea Lions (And You Can Too!)
Book
https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
If your kids need to see how a young person can take action and help solve a problem, check this one out.
The Great Kapok Tree
Book
https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
A classic story to inspire young readers to look at the natural world with new eyes.
The Kingdom of Winter
Book
https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2017/11/01/a-novel-approach-to-climate-change-education-the-kingdom-of-winter-a-book-review/
Is it possible to teach climate change through fantasy and an epic journey?
Dear Children of Earth
Book
https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
A heartfelt plea to the children of the Earth to love her and to take care of her. This one brings tears to my eyes every time and is very moving for children.
Yale List of Climate Change books
Book list
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/08/childrens-books-about-climate-change/
A booklist put together by Yale Climate Connections.
Feminist list of Climate change books
Book list
https://feministbooksforkids.com/books-about-climate-change/
A simple, feminist-approved booklist on climate change.
Books on Environmental Conservation
Book
https://www.conservationtales.com/
"The Conservation Tales books are more than just stories about animals! Each story is based on the work of real scientists who study the animals in the wild. The illustrations and photos help children learn what scientists do. Each book also has conservation actions you can do at home, and inquiry learning activities for school, home or after-school settings."
How to Talk to your Kids about Climate Change
Book
https://newsociety.com/books/h/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-climate-change
ClimateMama Harriet Shugarman guides parents -- and teachers through the emotional complexity of addressing the climate crisis with children.
Citizens' Guide to Reducing Energy Waste
Activities & Lessons
https://environmentamerica.org/feature/ame/its-time-take-charge
Learn how to reduce your energy waste.
Click Energy's 8 Tips for Saving Energy at Home for Kids
Activities & Lessons
https://www.clickenergy.com.au/news-blog/teaching-kids-to-save-energy-8-fun-tips-to-try
A blog to help kids reduce energy.
NDRC's Energy Efficient Home Makeover
Activities
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/energy-efficient-home-makeover?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=twee&utm_campaign=EnergyEfficiency
Tips for reducing energy.
Kid Wind: Wind and Solar Energy Challenges and Activities
Activities & Lessons
https://www.kidwind.org/challenge
Classroom materials for wind energy plus challenges for wind turbine design and national competitions
Food Dollar Game
Activities & Lessons
https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-dollar-series/documentation.aspx
a game that features how each "dollar" is divided over all parts of the food supply chain
One Child, One Planet: Inspiration for the Young Conservationist
Book
https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
A Loving tribute to mother earth, this book explains how everyone’s actions make a difference.
Green Ninja
Activities, Lessons, Videos, Lesson Plans
https://web.greenninja.org/
Comprehensive middle school science program equips students with everything they need to create a cleaner and healthier world, also resources in Spanish.
Argument Driven Inquiry
Lesson plans, Activities, Teaching guides, Workshops
https://argumentdriveninquiry.com/
Instructional materials can be used to help students in grades 3 - 12 learn how to use the disciplinary core ideas and practices from science, mathematics, and engineering to better understand the world or to develop solutions to problems. These materials can be found in our books. Each of our books includes 10 - 30 investigations that are designed to be used in a specific grade band.
Killer Snails: STEM Games
App, Games, STEM-based play
https://www.killersnails.com/pages/free-games
Use our games to find new ways to enrich children's lives with entertaining-engaging-educational STEM content where players roleplay as scientists and learn critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to become thought leaders and change makers to one day find cures and vaccines that may help save lives.
What is the Greenhouse Effect?
Activity
https://app.seesaw.me/pages/shared_activity?share_token=KaXWPqw6SYCHcGEa1ELe2Q&prompt_id=prompt.f141bd15-4942-4a75-8ab1-8edd1d530e0a
Using Seesaw, this explanation of the greenhouse effect has proved helpful in allowing students to understand a bit of some climate change basics.
NASA: Global Climate Change for Educators
Activities, Videos, Lesson Plans
https://climate.nasa.gov/resources/education/
NASA's resources for educators, including Climate Kids, Climate Change Lessons, and National Climate Assessment Teaching Resources, also Resources in Spanish
Clear Choices Clean Water Indiana
Actions, Pledges, Community Pledge Map, Activities
http://indiana.clearchoicescleanwater.org/
Water Protection Actions and Pledges
IDEM Watershed Assessment
Activies, Citizen Science
https://www.in.gov/idem/cleanwater/2338.htm
Testing water as citizen science
National Education Association: Clean Energy Education, Energy Efficiency
Lesson plans, Activities, Lessons, Videos, Curriculum guides, Resource List
http://www.nea.org/tools/clean-energy-education.html
Curriculum and lessons for teaching energy and energy efficiency
ACE: Our Climate Our Future
Videos
https://ourclimateourfuture.org/
Great video series that really help kids understand the basics of the climate crisis
American Climate
Videos & Stories
https://insideclimatenews.org/american-climate/about
Videos and stories of people affected by climate change
Animal Agriculture and Climate Change
Article & Infographs
https://climatenexus.org/climate-issues/food/animal-agricultures-impact-on-climate-change/
An overview of what food choice has to do with climate change.
Bioneer Ecoliteracy Podcast
A podcast about revoluntionizing education to support our planets survival
https://bioneers.org/a-sense-of-wonder-ecological-literacy-and-the-facts-of-life-fritjog-capra-zenobia/?mc_cid=9e01642c2a&mc_eid=4bffe82eb8
a podcast to invite you to look at education in a new way
Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature
Articles, Videos, & Resources for people concerned about the planet
https://bioneers.org/
A podcast from Bioneers, who has been connecting the dots of the climate crisis and climate justice for over 25 years.
Center for Ecoliteracy
Videos, Lessons, Books on sustainability
https://www.ecoliteracy.org/ecological-education
Lessons, articles, and principles to further ecological teaching and learning; California-focused but useful for all
CLEAN and Managing Controversy when teaching climate change
Article
https://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/tools/controversy.html
If the controversy of teaching climate change gives you pause, read this article.
CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Lessons & Activites with toolkits and units available
https://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/tools/index.html
Another toolkit from the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Climate Change and Human Health Data
Reports, Data, Charts, & Indicators
https://www.globalchange.gov/browse
If you want to show your students reports and data about climate change you can pull it directly from here
Climate Change and Human Health
Lessons & Activites with Toolkits and Units available
https://www.globalchange.gov/browse/educators
In depth resources and materials to help students understand the complex impact of climate change
COP Educator Toolkit
Activities
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JZCMAwqivi3XGPAu-O1Y-3F9kFcaOrTCxohVCva7guI/edit?ts=5d40565d
This short toolkit contains some basic info on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Conference of the Parties (COP), as well as links to videos made at COPs to give students the ability to really get a sense of what they are.
DC Environmental Literacy Framework
Academic Standards for Environmental Concepts
https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/page_content/attachments/Environmental%20Literacy%20Framework.pdf
Simple framework for environmental literacy aligned with NGSS standards
Ecological Footprint Calculator
Tool
https://www.footprintcalculator.org/
Simple way to invite students to determine how many Earths we would need if everyone lived the way they do as well as their personal Earth Overshoot Day. Great way to start a deeper study on carbon footprint and climate change in general.
Educators for Climate Crisis Action
Resource list
https://educators-for-climate-action.org/
Clearing house of support and resources for teachers who want to teach climate change
EPA Generate Game
Lessons & Activites
https://www.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-environmental-resources-educators
EPA curated list of individual activities.
Food and Climate Change Article
Article
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2019/04/04/meat-and-agriculture-are-worse-for-the-climate-than-dirty-energy-steven-chu-says/#15b47c311f9d
An article about the portion of carbon emissions related to food/animal agriculture.
Global Climate Strike Educator Toolkit
Tool
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NGPRQ4Z-tOTkODcTiXwYsa7207oCDV0xzR1J8TShalY/edit
Tools for teaching kids about the global climate strikes
Global Oneness Project
Video & Lessons
https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/collections/climate-change
video and lesson plans on how climate change is affecting people around the world
The Consequences of Our Changing Planet Nearpod
Online activity (nearpod)
https://nearpod.com/t/science/3rd-grade/our-changing-climate-causes-and-consequences-L41076811
1:1 activity to help students understand climate change
HEART's Environmental Book List
Booklist
https://teachheart.org/environmental-issues-books-for-ages-2-to-10/
Book list assembled by educators on a wide array of environmental themes
The Consequences of Our Changing Planet Lesson Plan
https://teachheart.org/library/
An overview of climate change for 3rd-5th graders
HEART
Tool, Lesson Plans, & Activities
https://teachheart.org/library/
Rich library of resources to help children learn about the planet, animals, and social justice
Indiana Recylcing Coalition- Learn the basics about recycling
Activities & Information
https://indianarecycling.org/educational-resources/
Resources on recycling and waste
In the Loop: Circular Economy Board Games
Game
https://intheloopgame.com/
A game on the circular economy for purchase
Institute for Humane education resources
Lesson plans & Books
https://humaneeducation.org/resource-center/
Inspiring and cross-curricular/multi-topic database of lessons, activities, books, and other resources on the topics of environment, animals, and social justice
Insititute for Humane Education- center for solutionary change
Unit
https://humaneeducation.org/center-for-solutionary-change/
A new way of thinking about education to give students the knoweledge, skill, and confidence to tackle their generation's greatest challenges
In time for tomorrow? The Carbon Conversations Handbook
Books
http://www.carbonconversations.co.uk/p/materials.html
A free PDF download of a handbook that Naomi Klein says, 'this lovely handbook covers it all."
Nat Geo- Act on Climate Resources for Teachers
Lessons, Unit, & Activities
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/act-on-climate/
Loads of high quality resources made specifically for teachers, divided by age range.
NASA Climate Kids
Tools, Videos, Interactive website
https://climatekids.nasa.gov
Starting point for learning about the basics of Climate Change with games, videos, activities
NASA Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
Graphs, Charts, Science Lessons, Articles, & Expert sources, etc.
https://climate.nasa.gov/
This is a great source of facts, data, solutions, and explanations, all on a beautiful easy-to-navigate site.
NOAA Discover Your Changing World
Activities
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/discoverclimate/
10 simple activities to introduce your class to the science behind climate change.
NOAA Ocean Acidification Activities
Activities & Lessons
http://www.cisanctuary.org/ocean-acidification/hands_on_activities.php
Hands-on activities on the subject of ocean acidification
NSTA (National Science Teaching Association)
Resources, Lessons, Science units
https://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx
NGSS aligned lessons. Just search "climate change" to pull up lessons that are ready and alligned.
Project Drawdown
Book & Tool
https://www.drawdown.org/solutions
Outstanding resource for students needing focus on solutions (and hope)
Story of Solutions
Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkRvc-sOKk
Incredible video that can introduce
Story of Change
Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIQdYXCKUv0
Great video to help kids understand how change can be made.
The Story of Stuff
Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM
Kids love this video and it helps them understand a lot about consumption and its role in environmental damage. This could kick off an entire unit.
Climate Change Solutions Simulator
Tool & Simulator
https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/en-roads/
Interactive tool to explore various climate change solutions to better understand the big picture
Imagine the Solutionary Generation
Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjlKJscI7xA&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=IHE+eNewsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=33f837cb0c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_20_10_17_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c3bc05d64e-33f837cb0c-209507635
Introduce other teachers and parents to solutionary thinking
Weather and Climate Lab
Activities & Lessons
http://msucommunitydevelopment.org/4Hweatherandclimate.html
A Hands-On Learning Experience for Elementary School Students
Purdue University Climate Toolkit
Activities & Lessons
https://ag.purdue.edu/climate/education/for-k-12-teachers/.
Lessons and activities on fossil fuels, greenhouse gasses, extreme weather, ecological impacts, and more. Special focus on the " five critical topics that students should learn and that every adult should understand."
Weather and Climate- Purdue
Activities & Lessons
https://www.eaps.purdue.edu/outreach/Lockbox?_ga=2.22660731.1343618708.1584726588-732325092.1562098424
basic activities on climate and weather
Map My Environment- Pollution Visual Tool
interactive website
https://www.mapmyenvironment.com/
Interactive website to look at pollution in several geographic areas.
Environmental Science Videos divided by subject
Videos
http://www.bozemanscience.com/ap-environmental-science
High quality videos that teach a wide array of environmental science content, taught by a Teacher of the Year from Montana. AP science alligned.
NPR Article: How to Teach Climate Change
Article
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/25/716359470/eight-ways-to-teach-climate-change-in-almost-any-classroom
A great starting point for teachers as they begin teaching about climate change
Renewable Energy- Virtual Field Trip
Virtual field trip & Video
https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/resources/powering-the-planet/
All the tools and resources to take your students on a field frip to learn about renewable energy.
Virtual Field Trips- Various environmental topics
Videos & Virtual field trips
https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/resources/
Exceptional quality; Wide slection of content, videos, lesson plans for learning about the rainforest, stormwater, pollinators, and almost all of the specific environmental content you need!
Young Voices for the Planet
Videos & Virtual field trips
https://www.youngvoicesfortheplanet.com/youth-climate-videos/
Videos to help kids see other kids taking action as well as useful teacher resources
PBS Learning Media
Videos, Lessons, Interactive website
https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=climate%20change
Huge library of high quality resources; searchable by grade level, standards, and subject.
The YEARS collection
Videos
https://theyearsproject.com/
Outstanding collection of videos on a wide range of climate topics.
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