Resources for Educators
Climate Change and Human Health Lesson Plans
This module is intended to promote student discovery and learning about the complex interactions between climate change, the environment, and human health, using content from the US Global Change Research Program’s 2016 report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Learn more here.
Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment
NOAA's Climate.gov features a page of information about teaching with the Third National Climate Assessment, including background on the report, learning pathways to help educators utilize key messages and data, region-by-region guides, and other supporting education and communication resources. Visit the Climate.gov page on Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment.
The Climate Literacy Framework
Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science is an interagency guide that provides a framework and essential principles for formal and informal education about climate change. It presents important information for individuals and communities to understand Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide can also serve educators who teach climate science as part of their science curricula.
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The Energy Literacy Framework
Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. The intended audience for this document is anyone involved in energy education. Used in formal educational environments, this guide provides direction without adding new concepts to the educator's curriculum. This guide is not a curriculum, but offers a framework upon which curricula can be based without prescribing when, where, or how content is to be delivered.
Wildlife & Wildlands Toolkit
The Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit is an interagency project developed to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting the Nation’s wildlife and public lands. The Toolkit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school grade level. Access the Wildlife & Wildlands Toolkit.
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
Explore the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) for a reviewed collection of educational resources and learn how you can build your students' understanding of climate science, climate change, and energy awareness.
Find out how to develop climate literacy and energy awareness in your students and learn about the essential principles that frame key science and teaching strategies. Browse a reviewed collection of teaching activities for middle and high school students as well as undergraduates. View recordings of webinars and workshops, join discussions, comment on educational resources, meet your colleagues, and more. Visit the CLEAN website.
Climate Change Education Videos from the National Park Service
The National Park Service Climate Change Response Program has developed a collection of educational videos that explore the science of climate change impacts in National Parks, what can be learned about climate change in National Parks and other protected areas, and how to demonstrate climate change principles in classroom settings.
- The Science of Climate Change in National Parks series includes videos designed to educate the public about topics such as sea level rise, glacial melt, and species changes in National Parks.
- Climate Change Conversations includes videos that explore what and how we can learn about climate change in National Parks and other protected areas.
- Explaining Climate Change includes videos with demonstrations for teaching climate change principles in the classroom.