Thank you for your interest in teaching your students about climate change and other environmental issues! Luckily there are many - almost too many - resources for teachers. On this page you will get an overview over some of the more interesting and important websites.
For German language materials for schools, please go here.
A special recommendation by Janet´s Girl Scout Group:
A kids guide to recycling glass and plastic.
A great resource for the exchange of general teaching materials among all European schools is at ICT.
General Information for and exchange among teachers can be found at the teachers corner.
Global Climate Change Websites at ClimateChangeNorth.
A collection of websides that all have a world focus – to help students understand what climate change means for the planet as a whole.
Resources for communicating about climate change at BGCI
A great resource for materials opn teaching climate change can be found at the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
Networks for educators
Global System Science - Lifeline.
This is a project to establish a network of practicing high school teachers actively using climate change curricula. The key aim of the project will be creation of professional learning communities (PLCs) of teachers who, through a series of remote meetings and workshops, maintain ongoing communication and sharing of best practices among colleagues to strengthen knowledge and promote effective teaching strategies during and beyond the actual grant period. Workshop subject matter will emphasize incorporating analysis of NASA Earth observation data by students in classrooms.
Alliance for Climate Eduaction
The Alliance for Climate Education is working with students around the country to deepen their awareness about climate change and promote strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
BBSRC. Bioscience for the future
A UK website with teaching resources to download for primary and secondary school science education, and information on school-scientist links.
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is an online professional development magazine which focuses on preparing elementary teachers to teach polar science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction. The project draws on research showing that an integrated approach can improve student achievement in science, as well as in reading comprehension and oral and written discourse abilities. Ultimately, the project seeks to bring the polar regions closer to home for elementary teachers and their students.
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is an online professional development magazine which focuses on preparing elementary teachers to teach climate science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction. The project draws on research showing that an integrated approach can improve student achievement in science, as well as in reading comprehension and oral and written discourse abilities. Through the Beyond Weather and Water Cycle project, we propose to increase elementary teachersâ€™ understanding of climate and climate change, increase the amount and quality of science taught in elementary classrooms, and build a virtual professional learning community of practice around the teaching of climate and climate change. These goals will be accomplished by contextualizing and adapting existing developmentally-appropriate digital resources delivered through an online magazine format including differentiated, engaging informational texts; developing an online climate literacy course for elementary teachers; and utilizing Web 2.0 tools to provide interactive experiences and to facilitate virtual, collaborative professional development. Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is modeled on an award-winning NSF-funded project Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Integrating Literacy and Science in K-5 Classrooms.
Climate Action Center
Climate change is a serious and real threat to children's well being. In many areas of the world children's lives are being disrupted by the shifts in temperatures and increasingly severe weather conditions. Today, they are few areas of the world that are not being impacted by climate change and these changes can also have a significant impact on a child's ability to attend school. Very sadly severe climate changes may also support conditions that impact a child's ability to survive.
We are a volunteer organization. Most of us are either docents and interns at California science centers and museums. Or... students, scientists and staff at the University of California, Berkeley.. Hands-on science demonstrations is our specialty--our principle contribution to the body of original educational material.
Climate Change is Elementary is intended to help schools and families to begin to take meaningful action toward understanding and solving the Climate Crisis.
Climate Change Life
Welcome to the ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure! The U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring climate learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources!
Climate Change Solutions Campaign
Earth Day Network's Climate Change Solutions Campaign is a three year global campaign to educate and motivate all levels of the global community including k-12 and college students, governments, corporations, and religious institutions.
Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit.
The new Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators is an update of the popular, award-winning Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with seven other federal agencies, developed the kit for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., to teach middle school students about how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands and how everyone, even kids, can become a climate steward.
Climate Choices - Children's Voices is aimed at teachers of children aged 9-11 years ( UK years 5 and 6) who want to help children begin to understand the challenging and complex issue of climate change.
ClimateClassroom.org helps educate children about global climate change in accurate, developmentally appropriate, and hopeful ways. Sections designed for parents and K-12 educators provide talking points, attractive visuals, instructional guidelines, and helpful resource links for investigating the topic with children. An additional section for school-age children offers quality learning experiences and realistic suggestions for becoming part of the global-warming solution. Links to webpages for teachers: National Wildlife Federation
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
The CLEAN project, a part of the National Science Digital Library, provides a reviewed collection of resources coupled with the tools to enable an online community to share and discuss teaching about climate and energy science.
The Cloud Institute equips school systems K-12 and their communities with the core content, competencies and habits of mind that characterize education for a sustainable future. We do this by inspiring teachers and engaging students through meaningful content and student-centered instruction. Inspiring young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.
Climate Science Toolkit from the American Chemical Society
Global climate change, whether a result of natural variability or of human activity, is a vital issue for life on Earth and involves many processes and concepts related to chemistry. Engaging with this issue in deliberative discourse with colleagues and others requires understanding the fundamental science that determines Earth’s climate. This fundamental science is the core content of the ACS Climate Science Toolkit.
Pupils need wide competencies to meet the challenges of sustainable development - including climate change. The CO2nnect activities are designed to support learning that can provide pupils with abilities, skills, attitudes and awareness as well as knowledge and understanding of the issues.
Cool the Earth
Cool The Earth is a ready-to-run program that educates K-8 students and their families about global warming and inspires them to take simple actions to reduce their carbon emissions. The program is successful because it’s fun and empowering for the kids, and their enthusiasm is contagious!
Council on Foreign Affairs
Academic Modules ”featuring teaching notes by the authors of CFR publications”are designed to assist educators in creating or supplementing a course syllabus. The modules are customized packages built around a primary CFR text, such as a book or report, and include teaching notes; additional readings; video, audio, and transcripts of CFR meetings; Foreign Affairs articles; and other online resources. Use of these modules is free of charge. They may be used in part or in their entirety.
Dream of a Nation
Dream of a Nation offers hundreds of ideas and examples of how smart, committed, and daring we can be.â€ Offering a laser-focus on solutions, Â Dream of a Nation restores faith that we can solve our current looming environmental, economic and societal challenges.
Started in 1994, EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities for Canadian elementary schools to engage in environmental action. Our award-winning EcoKids web site - the centrepiece of the program - is an interactive environmental web site for children, their families, and educators in Canada and around the world. It offers topical information about the environment through interactive, fun, educational games and activities that utilize participants' willingness to learn. Children are encouraged to form their own opinions, make decisions, get involved and understand the impact their own actions have on the environment. Designed to inspire children to become life-long environmental stewards, EcoKids is an invaluable resource for educators, youth group leaders and parents.
Ecological Society of America
Educational information by the ecological society
Global Warming Discovery Demo
A favorite at science centers and museums, in K 12 schools, UC classes, and at large community events. Much of our work is bridge-building, encouraging partnerships in education. The California Catalog is a web version of this.
The objective of the Global Education Website is to increase the amount and quality of teaching of global education in Australian primary and secondary schools. The strategy of the project is to provide an Internet Site and curriculum material that is of high professional standard, is attractive, teacher friendly; and accessible.
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE'svision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.
Go Green Initiative
The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation. Founded in 2002, the Go Green Initiative unites parents, students, teachers and school administrators in an effort to make real and lasting changes in their campus communities that will protect children and the environment for years to come.
How we know what we know about climate change.
A wonderful book for kids and adults on climate change. "This is a necessary book. It treats kids with respect--they deserve to know what's going on. But they also deserve to know that there's much that can be done and much that is being done. In a word, It's empowering!" Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
Help kids learn about and love nature by promoting gardening.
Kids Global Climate Change Institute
An online learning community designed to bring scientists, students and teachers from around the world together to communicate, collaborate, and contribute towards solutions to global climate change.
Kids Growing Strong
We are on a journey to inspire children and their families to discover and adopt healthy lifestyles through proper nutrition and exercise while motivating them to actively learn about themselves and the environment. Through hands-on, science-based activities, we encourage kids to become energetic & engaged, build a strong knowledge-base and develop the measurable lifetime skills necessary to lead healthy lives and make informed decisions.
My wonderful world
Give kids the power of knowledge about their world. My Wonderful World is a National Geographic-led campaign backed by a coalition of national business and non-profit organizations to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities. We want to give kids the power of global knowledge.
National Center for Science Education
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific and educational aspects of controversies surrounding the teaching of evolution and climate change, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels. Our 4500 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious and political affiliations.
New York Times
Materials on teaching climate change
Advancing Environmental Literacy. Materials here are designed for the teacher to use in the classroom or as background reference material.
NASA - Material for educators
NASA's Education Materials Finder will help teachers locate resources that can be used in the classroom. Users may search by keywords, grade level, product type and subject. With hundreds of publications and Web sites indexed, the finder is the best way to locate NASA educational resources. More material on global climate change from NASA is here.
Great site by NOAA on Paleoclimatology is here.
Great teaching materials on evolution.
Also, look at PBS Learningmedia
Science in school
Science in School aims to promote inspiring science teaching by encouraging communication between teachers, scientists, and everyone else involved in European science education.
Sprout is an e-course for young people who want to grow their social or environmental project idea and learn to create lasting change that takes root in their communities. Sprout exists to help make this process simpler, more practical and less intimidating by guiding you through the project management process step-by-step.
Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.
The Better Life Index.
This could be a fun actitvity at school to see which country fits best to you and why. Your Better Life Index is designed to let you visualise and compare some of the key factors like education, housing, environment, and so on that contribute to well-being in OECD countries. It´s an interactive tool that allows you to see how countries perform according to the importance you give to each of 11 topics that make for a better life.
Tide Global learning.
Tide global learning is a network of teachers and educators coming together to respond to the educational challenges of global dimensions, development perspectives and human rights principles.
The Prince's Rainforest Project
Resources for schools on rainforest protection with videos, life webcams, fun activities and much more.
Further links are here.
Have kids play with climate models to better understand which factors have which effect.---> Playing with climate models
Here are a few websites that are great to teach students the basics in modeling.
Arizona State University - Modeling Instructions