Climate Change/Global Warming

Thank you for registering to participate in Clean Ocean Action’s 2nd Annual Virtual Teach-In!  Please feel free to use the following pages listed as classroom resources.  To show your participation in teaching about Superstorm Sandy during the week of October 27th, please take photos of your class and send them to education@cleanoceanaction.org, or post them to Clean Ocean Action’s facebook, or Twitter!  (#cleanocean #virtualteachin).  Don’t forget to send us your feedback on the program and the materials below (email education@cleanoceanaction.org or call 732-872-0111).

 The resources below have been compiled as references to use in your classrooms.  While Clean Ocean Action did not create any of these lessons, we have tried to provide the most accurate and informative sources as possible.  Please keep in mind some sources may be from before Superstorm Sandy, but still give valuable information about the science behind the storm.  Some links may lead to additional sites that may not necessarily be suggested by Clean Ocean Action as a resource.
Global Warming
CoastWatch Episode 4: Warmer, Wetter Winters, and Hotter Drier Summers

  1. Grades 3-5 (Approximately)
  2. This four minute video from a British organization mixes cartoons and real video to explain how and why the temperature changes, increases flooding, and poses a threat to public health

Source: Southport Eco Centre- A Vision of a Sustainable Future

Join the Lorax: Help Protect the Earth from Global Warming Activity Book

  1. Grades 2-4
  2. This six page activity book created by Energy Star, Dr. Suess, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency gives younger students the chance to learn about how they can conserve energy and protect the earth.

Source: Energy Star; United States Environmental Protection Agency

Global Warming 101 Lesson Plans for Grades 3–6

  1. Grades 3-6
  2. These five lesson plans from the Will Steger foundation are interdisciplinary in nature, standards-based, help students master the requisite background information on global climate change processes and how to communicate about the issue using communication strategies
  3. Lesson 1: Climate Change
  4. Lesson 2: What is Climate Change?
  5. Lesson 3: Climate Change Action
  6. Lesson 4: Climate Change in the Media
  7. Lesson 5: Climate Change Communication

Source: Will Steger Foundation

Global Warming or Climate Change Quiz

  1. Grades 3-6 (Approximately)
  2. A 10 question quiz on the difference in categorizing global warming vs. climate change

Source: My Schoolhouse- Online Learning

Global Warming Wheel Card Lesson Plans

  1. Grades 5-8
  2. This classroom resource created by the EPA provides a hands-on activity for students to create their own Global Warming Wheel Card which helps them estimate their household’s usage of carbon dioxide.  The activities and lessons also help students to understand how this affects global warming, and what they can do to reduce their usage

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Discovery Channel: Global Warming, What you Need to Know

  1. Grades 7-12(Approximately)
  2. This hour and 27 minute video from the Discovery Channel in 2006 discusses tipping points and examines evidence to the warming global climate.
  3. 3.       *the video is a bit lower quality, but for shorter clips of sections from the Discovery Channel check here

Source: Discovery Channel

PBS Global Warming Lesson Plan

  1. Grades 9-12
  2. This resource from PBS Includes three broadcasts and two handouts with videos, links, and activities that can be broken up into different lessons that total up to 215 minutes

Source: PBS

Climate Change

Climate Change Curriculum Connections

  1. Grades K-12
  2.  This page gives a number of additional links and resources for teachers to find information on climate change.

Source: Climate Change Education

Coast Watch Episode 2: Climate Change

  1. Grades 3-5 (Approximately)
  2. This three minute video from a British organization mixes cartoons and real video to explain how and how and why Climate Change occurs

Source: Southport Eco Centre- A Vision of a Sustainable Future

Climate Kids: NASA’s Eyes on the Earth

  1. Grades 4-8
  2. This interactive webpage includes lesson plans, videos, and activities to teach students about climate change.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Clue into Climate  The Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change

  1. Grades 4-8
  2. Increasing greenhouse gases are contributing to global warming, which is changing our climate. In this 2 activities (45 minutes each) lesson, students will learn about the greenhouse effect and find out how scientists use data collected from ice cores to study climate change. Prior to engaging in this lesson, students will need to have a general knowledge of climate.

KQED Education Network

Green Ninja: Climate Resources

  1. Grades 5-8
  2. This webpage gives you quick info, videos, and FAQ’s on the following buzzwords and key topics when discussing climate :Global Warming/Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Cycle, A Warmer World, Bottled Water vs. Tap Water, Food Miles, Global Greenhouse gas Emissions, Agriculture, Apple vs. iPod, Composting, Who is Emitting?, Carbon Footprint Label, The Ozone Hole
  3. Videos include: “How can there be global warming when last year was so cold!” “How difficult will it be to limit future climate change?” and more.

Source: Green Ninja a collaborative San Jose State University and supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA

Bringing Climate Change into the Classroom

  1. Grades 5-9 (Approximately)
  2. This multi-faceted, 10 page resource gives educators a number of activities from The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility (ARM).  In addition to the pages above, check out a page of just lesson plans here.

Source: Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program- U.S. Department of Energy

Weather

  1. Grades 5-11
  2. This page gives a number of additional links and resources for teachers to find information on weather and climate.

Source: Teaching Ideas—United Kingdom

Natural Inquirer: Climate Change Edition

  1. Grades 6-8
  2. In this edition of the Natural Inquirer you will learn about the effect that climate change may have on animals, plants, and forests. You will also learn how scientists are studying climate change.

Source: Natural Inquirer- a middle school science education journal

A student’s guide to: Global Climate Change

  1. This interactive webpage includes videos and activities that teach students about global climate change and its impacts.

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

Greenhouse Gases

The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming

  1. Grades 5-8
  2. In this two 45 minute period activity, students will be able to explain the greenhouse effect and its effect on global warming. Using creative dramatics, the students will act out the Greenhouse Effect and discover how it contributes to warming of our earth.

Source: Learning to Give

What is the greenhouse effect?

  1. Grades 9-12
  2. This 10 minute video answers the question what is the greenhouse effect which is often associated with global warming and climate change. Discusses the natural greenhouse effect as it was before humans were present.

Source: Green Ninja a collaborative San Jose State University and supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA

Are humans increasing Greenhouse Gas concentrations?

  1. Grades 9-12
  2. This 9 minute video attempts to answer the question how difficult will it be to limit future climate change by limiting the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

Source: Green Ninja a collaborative San Jose State University and supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA

 

Carbon Cycle

The Carbon Cycle

  1. Grades K-12
  2. In this interactive webpage, students will learn about the carbon cycle through online games, puzzles, and videos.

Source: neoK12

The Carbon Cycle

  1. Grades K-12
  2. This webpage includes links to various lesson plans and activities for students. Topics include:
    1. What contains Carbon?
    2. Carbon Cycle Role play
    3. Carbon Cycle Poster Activity

Source: Lots of Lessons 


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