Climate Change Education

UCAR Center for Science Education Spark Science Education Climate Page    This web page from UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) delivers a broad overview of the evidence of global warming, causes and effects of climate change, and short video clips about climate (including paleoclimate, climate change and modeling climate).

A student's guide to Global Climate Change - epa.govA Student's Guide to Global Climate Change    Created for a younger age group, this website from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) teaches the basic causes of climate change and its effects on modern society.

The Changing Climate: Climate ProjectionsThe Changing Climate: Climate Projections    In this lesson from the Peggy Notebaert Museum in Chicago, IL, students will create a classroom web to show how living processes, non-living things, earth processes, and economics can be affected by changes in climate. Students will also work in groups to classify their ideas about how climate change will affect the Chicago area.  (pdf)

The Ohio Sea Grant College Program Visualizing Changes in the Great Lakes    In this activity from Ohio Sea Grant, students will construct a web of things that may increase or decrease as a result of a changing climate in the Great Lakes region. After completing this activity, students will be able to list and explain many potential impacts of climate change and discuss various interpretations of the possible impacts of climate change.  (pdf)'s Activities for conceptualizing climate and climate changeActivities for Conceptualizing Climate and Climate Change    This website hosted by Purdue University provides a list of teacher lesson plans and student resources for grade 7-12 teachers and students with a goal to explore the complex interface between science and society that forms the basis of management decisions related to climate change issues.

Understanding Climate ChangeUnderstanding Climate Change    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) provides "a global warming primer" on this webpage, which has information like short audio pieces and text that provide quick answers to basic global warming questions, or a frequently asked questions page.

Altering Climate: Basic ClimatologyAltering Climate: Basic Climatology    A Power Point resource from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, which provides climate change information like atmospheric pollutants, the controls of climate, and climate change projections (with a slight emphasis on Oklahoma). (pdf)

Science Net Links: Abrupt climate change Abrupt Climate Change    Students are introduced to the topic of abrupt climate change in this "e-sheet" resource from Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS), including its presence in climatic history and today's climate.

Global Warming: Student DebateGlobal Warming: Student Debate    After viewing the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", this 10-day activity from gives students the opportunity to prepare notes and participate in debate on whether or not global climate change is a result of human activity or natural processes.

The Climate Challenge: Our ChoicesThe Climate Challenge: Our Choices    This simple climate model allows students to see the effects of future trends in CO2 emissions on the global climate.