Climate Change Lessons
Our NCSE Teacher Ambassadors developed and field-tested five lessons that focus on combatting misconceptions. Download the lessons and watch accompanying webinars.
Want to read more about the science and bring it to your classrooms? Here are just a few NCSE staff picks:
Response to Heartland Mailing
Classroom Tips from NCSE
Want to Teach Middle Schoolers about Climate Change? Start with a Fish Tank
In the Classroom: Climate Change Chemistry
Teaching Climate Science: It’s Elementary
In the Classroom: Elementary Lesson on Sea Level Rise
Need Help Teaching Natural Selection? Try This!
A New Book to Introduce Evolution to Preschoolers: Grandmother Fish
Climate Change 101: A brief overview of climate change science.
Teaching Climate Change: Best Practices: A collection of resources with basic information on climate literacy and tools for overcoming misconceptions in the classroom.
The Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN): A catalog of existing online resources that have been reviewed for scientific accuracy and pedagogical potential. The catalog can be searched by grade level, resource type and other criteria. Included are learning activities, videos, visualizations, and tips for teaching.
The U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: An “education toolbox” that teachers can search for lesson plans, videos, and other resources by topic and grade level.
NASA Wavelength: A digital collection of reviewed resources for Earth and space science educators. Searches can be filtered by topic, grade level, and strategy. Resources include videos, activities, informative text, models, and demonstrations.
Climate.gov: A multi-purpose resource from the U.S. government on climate change. It includes educational activities, a library of presentations that can be downloaded, and access to climate data and services.
U.S. Global Change Research Program: A compilation of climate change resources such as the Climate Literacy Framework and climate change education videos from the National Park Service.
NASA's Global Climate Change Website: High-quality information about climate science from America’s space agency. Winner of the 2011 Webby Award for Best Science Site, it includes engaging interactive activities and a series of quizzes on a variety of climate-related topics.
The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change: From the Paleontological Research Institute.
UC Berkeley’s Understanding Evolution Resource Library: A “one stop shop” for teaching and understanding evolution, including an Evolution 101 link for students and teaching resources for kindergarten through undergraduate educators.
NOVA’s Evolution Lab: A phylogeny puzzle game and an interactive tree of life that helps students explore the relationships between species and the history of life on Earth. It also includes a collection of videos that outline the evidence for evolution and lesson planning resources for educators.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Information for teachers and students from the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Initiative. The site also has a Teacher’s Forum, which provides a private online space for educators to share information with each other about teaching human evolution. Lesson plans are available for grades 9-12.
HHMI’s Biointeractive: At BioInteractive, you can find award-winning multimedia resources that bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom—all 100% free. There are hundreds of evolution-related assets, ranging from short films and lectures to animations and apps. Each short film serves as a launching point for many classroom-ready materials developed in collaborations between scientists and educators.
Evolution: Education & Outreach: This open-access journal promotes accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience. Targeting K–16 students, teachers, and scientists alike, the journal presents articles to aid members of these communities in the teaching of evolutionary theory. It connects teachers with scientists by adapting cutting-edge, peer-reviewed articles for classroom use on varied instructional levels.
UC Berkeley’s National Conference on the Teaching of Evolution Resource Matrix: A list of resources recommended by participants of the conference. Resources include articles and books, as well as textbooks and software recommendations.
Cornell University’s Paleontological Research Institution: A series of Teacher-Friendly Guides that are written to provide teachers with the scientific background they need to introduce Earth systems science topics in their classrooms.
Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science: A well-structured framework from the National Academy of Sciences for understanding and teaching evolution. Written for teachers, parents, and community officials as well as scientists and educators, this web-based version explains how evolution reveals both the great diversity and similarity among Earth’s organisms. It explores how scientists approach the question of evolution and illustrates the nature of science as a way to understand the natural world.
ActionBioscience.org: ActionBioscience.org is an education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, aiming to promote bioscience literacy. The site provides peer-reviewed articles on issues related to seven bioscience challenges: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education. In addition, the web site provides educators with original lessons and other resources to enhance bioscience teaching. Select articles are translated into Spanish. The site was chosen as the 2003 best biology site by Scientific American and the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse of the U.S. Dept. of Education honored it with the Digital Dozen Award for quality content in 2002.
Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI): Originally NSF-funded, the ENSI program focused on teaching teachers about the nature of science, using evolution as the exemplar. A site for teachers by other teachers with lots of classroom-tested exercises available free of charge.
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