Climate Education & Lesson Plans
If you’re an educator, teaching students about climate change is an important job! Yes, it’s about teaching them the science behind it, but it’s also about encouraging them to be active participants in making a change and finding solutions! The students you see in your classroom today are the future scientists, policy makers, voters, and advocates. And, no matter what their ages, your students can be leaders for positive change now!
NASA Global Climate Change – Vital Signs of the Planet
Can be used by teachers or individual students. Explore individual topic areas like water, weather, plants, animals, and more with interactive games and activities.
Global Change Wildlife and Wild lands Toolkit
This toolkit provides resources to explore climate science and impacts to wildlife and their habitats through videos, case studies, and classroom activities.
New York Times Teaching About Climate Change
Seven different teaching ideas that explore different aspects of climate change using Learning Network lesson plans and special sections and articles from the New York Times.
The Game of Energy Choices
Created by the EPA, this interactive game helps students explore the impact of different energy choices. Links include a game board, game pieces,
instructions, and score cards.
Trees on the Move: Can Maples and Buckeyes Migrate?
Series of four lessons for middle school and high school that looks at the impact of climate change on sugar maple and buckeye trees.
NOAA Climate Education Resource Collection
Collections include lesson plans, videos, data, and activities exploring the carbon cycle, changing seasons, climate change impacts, and climate monitoring.
New York Times Lesson Focused on the Human Side of Climate Change
Students use the Times’ series Carbon Casualties to explore how climate change has displaced people around the world and then encourages them to create ways to communicate climate information.
Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World With NOAA
This free activity book provides 10 interactive activities to explore climate science.
General Education Resources
Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network
A collection of more than 700 free resources to help teach about climate and energy. A searchable database allows you to look for activities, videos or other resources by grade level or topic.
National Climate Assessment Teaching Resources
A variety of resources to teach about climate and energy based off data in the National Climate Assessment and broken down by region.
Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance
Learn more about a variety of multi-institution projects funded by the National Science Foundation that are focused on advancing the area of climate change education.
This searchable database provides access to a variety of lesson plans about climate, and you can search by grade level, resources type, and instructional strategy.
Alliance for Climate Education
Provides resources and videos teachers can use in the classroom along with an action program targeted at students to help them become climate leaders.