Climate Education Week

Teach your students climate science: Find the tools here!

Easy-to-use climate science 101 for your K-12 students

The Climate Education Week Toolkit is a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with hand-picked lesson plans, activities, and contests for all your K-12 students. It meets both Next Generation Science and Common Core standards.

With the goal of educating and engaging K-12 students on climate change, this cross-disciplinary resource includes a range of activities from an energy conservation action plan to reading and discussing Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

Keep checking this page, as we will be adding more lessons plans every week leading up to Earth Day!

Download our interactive Climate Change iTextbook, The Story of Climate Change, in the Apple iBook Store! More information.

Additional Resources

Lesson Plans and Resources

CLEAN (Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network) offers scientifically and pedagogically reviewed resources in the CLEAN Collection. The CLEAN Collection resources are hand-picked and reviewed to meet the Climate Literacy and Energy Literacy frameworks as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.

NASA Vital Signs for the Planet provides the most recent numbers on global temperature, carbon dioxide, and other important data that can be discussed with your students! Also check out NASA Global Climate Education Resources for other reviewed lesson plans and resources.

Climate Generation offers a free collection of climate change curriculum resources which includes 6 guides for Grades 3-8 and 9-12. Their newest middle school resource used the NGSS as a framework for design and NSTA recently included it in their collection of resources that support NGSS.

Educational Videos

On April 19th, Earth Day Network teamed up with the Alliance for Climate Education to bring a climate education live stream event to classrooms in celebration of Climate Education Week. The one-hour program featured an interview with American Ninja Warrior and environmentalist Meagan Martin, climate education videos from Our Climate Our Future, and ways to take action for Climate Education Week.  If you missed the live event, don’t worry—you can still access the recording.

The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) has turned their award-winning assembly into a multimedia experience that educates young people about the science of climate change and empowers them to take action. Check out Our Climate Our Future.

Connect4Climate offers educational videos including the highlights of COP21 and Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye. Check out Connect4Climate for more on the #Photo4Climate Instagram challenge and #Youth4Climate campaign!

Starting on April 8, 2016, the Young Voices for the Planet films will reach an estimated 11 million viewers nationwide through distribution by American Public Television. Check out the YVFP Resources page for curriculum linked to the film series.

Action Steps

Host a Youth Climate Summit using The W!ld Center model! Get all the tools to host a participant-driven educational conference.


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