K-12 Educators


An Ocean Of Free Teacher-approved Marine Education Resources
The Bridge's Climate & Atmosphere pages link to a myriad of topical resources, including climate change, hazards, paleoclimatology, and much more.

Collection of Climate and Education Resources
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) is a reviewed collection of educational resources that can help build students' understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science.

NOAA's Climate Literacy Brochure
NOAA Climate Literacy brochure is a community effort to promote climate literacy. Climate scientists, formal and informal educators, and representatives of a range of U.S. agencies participated in developing and vetting a list of the most important concepts in climate science. The document they produced — Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science — reflects a broad and current effort to define climate literacy.

Arctic Climate Connections Curriculum (high school, middle school or early college)
The Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE) project is a professional development program to help educators teach climate science within a variety of pedagogical contexts. Building upon a national needs assessment, ICEE offerings include face to face workshops, online graduate courses, webinars, videos, learning resources and informational resources.

EPA Climate Change Resources for Children and Educators
The EPA offers a variety of resources and tools for educating children on climate change.

Kids' Carbon Footprint Calculator
An interactive tool designed to educate young children on the concept of climate change and how they can mitigate their personal carbon footprint.

Explore Earth From Home: K-12 Science Education Resources
The UCAR Center for Science Education has put together a collection of free K-12 educational resources offered by UCAR to support teachers with distance learning and families who are doing their own instruction about weather, climate, air quality, the Sun and space weather, and other Earth science topics.

The resources include educational games and simulations, videos, short articles, and online books about Earth and atmospheric science. There are also links to citizen science projects and classroom activities that will also work well for K-12 students learning from home.

Middle School

Global and Regional Climate Change. University of Wisconsin.
This professional development course for middle and high school science teachers was developed collaboratively by University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and staff. This course will help bridge a climate literacy chasm by clarifying the graphs and topics presented in the summary of Physical Science Basis, a report developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

"Exploring the Challenges of Climate Science Literacy: Lessons from Students, Teachers and Lifelong Learners" (Leslie-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, published in Geography Compass)
This study presents important facets of climate literacy from the viewpoints of certain populations (e.g. children or students) or themes (e.g. climate change). It also highlights key barriers to understanding and knowledge creation such as the role of perception, beliefs, country of origin and the phrasing of survey questions. Many of these literacy frameworks were developed primarily for the formal education structure with benchmarks and principles appropriate to elementary and secondary school

Ocean Sciences Sequence 6-8 Resources
Rutgers University scientists Drs. Oscar Schofield, Scott Glenn, Josh Kohut and Rutgers educators partnered with the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California – Berkeley to create a middle school level curriculum on climate change.

High School - College

Project Look Sharp 
Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels, including integration with the new common core standards. They have a unit on global warming:

American Sociological Association's Climate Teach-In
Central Michigan University offers an example of a "Climate Change Teach-In" which is a university effort organized in order to make the connections between climate change and visible social impacts.

Climate Change Role Simulations
The Program on Negotiation at Harvard's Law School offers this Teaching Materials and Publications website with a variety of Climate Change role simulations.  The role play introduces participants to the challenges associated with collective efforts to address the uncertain and dynamic risks associated with climate change.  Simulations focus on flooding, development, wind farms, and more.

Alliance for Climate Education
This non profit group offers a multimedia presentation for high school students on climate change.  They are scientifically accurate and engaging and interesting for students.

On the Cutting Edge (geosciences)
The On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty brings together workshops, websites, and research activities to support highest quality undergraduate geoscience education.

Mathematics of Planet Earth
Mathematics of Planet Earth has highlighted the need for researchers with a broad view of planetary issues: climate change, quantification of uncertainty, move to an economy of sustainability, preservation of biodiversity, adaptation to change. Joining forces with other disciplines and recruiting young researchers to work on these issues is a priority. The purpose of this activity group is to provide a forum for mathematicians and computational scientists to study Planet Earth, its life-supporting capacity, and the impact of human activities.

COMET (Environmental Sciences)
The COMET® Program is a world-wide leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences, delivering scientifically relevant and instructionally progressive products and services.

COMET's Link to METED (portal for geoscience education)
MetEd is a free collection of hundreds of training resources intended for the geoscience community. Whether you're an experienced meteorologist honing existing skills or a student looking for new geoscience topics of interest, they have something for you.  At this link you can also create an account to access other resources cited below.

Introduction to Climatology
This module provides an overview of climatology, the study of climate. The module begins by examining the drivers that combine to create the climate regions of the world—from those at the mesoscale (local) level to those at the synoptic-scale (continental) and global-scale levels.  (You will need to login to the link below through your MetEd account).