Additional Web Resources

The resources listed in this section provide a wealth of climate change information for students and educators. These resources can help individuals and schools increase awareness and knowledge of the issue and find actions they can take to be part of the global climate change solution.


Teaching Activities and Tools

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network provides guidance for teaching climate science and hosts free and ready-to-use resources for secondary through higher education classrooms. Teach Climateexit EPA
This site provides resources reviewed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for teaching about climate and energy.

DOE: Atmospheric Educationexit EPA
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Atmospheric Education page provides environmental science and climate change materials for students in grades K-12, and their teachers.

DOE: Resources for Educatorsexit EPA
DOE’s Energy Education & Workforce Development site provides teachers with creative lesson plans, labs, projects and other activities for grades K-12 on energy-related topics.

EIA: Energy Kidsexit EPA
The Energy Information Administration's student site provides energy facts, games, energy history, related links, and classroom activities for teachers.

EPA: Teaching About the Environment
Environmental education takes a multi-disciplinary approach to teach environmental issues that enhances knowledge, builds critical thinking skills and helps students make informed and responsible decisions.

EPA: Generate! — Board Game on Climate Change
This interactive board game enables players to explore energy choices and the environment, and gets students “energized” in some friendly competition.

Global Change: Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Educators Toolkitexit EPA
This kit aids educators in teaching how climate change is affecting the Nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become climate stewards.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environmentexit EPA
GLOBE is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment.

NASA: Earth Observing System for Educatorsexit EPA
NASA’s site provides educational links for educators, publications, tools, and other information about NASA's Earth Observing System and other NASA projects.

NASA: My NASA Data Climate Change Lessonsexit EPA
The lessons featured on this page provide possible ideas for climate change related studies for grades 5-12 using NASA data.

NOAA: Climate Educationexit EPA
This site is NOAA’s gateway to many of their educational pages for students and teachers on Earth sciences.

NOAA: National Ocean Service Educationexit EPA
This site provides students and educators with ocean, coastal, and climate literacy resources, including activities that incorporate citizen science data collection in educational settings.

NOAA: Data in the Classroomexit EPA
This site hosts curriculum modules that demonstrate techniques for using real climate change data in the classroom.

NPS: Teachingexit EPA
Search through lesson plans about America’s National Parks, including lessons about how they are being affected by climate change.

USGS: Science Educationexit EPA
U.S. Geological Survey’s site provides scientific information to help support education (grades K-12) and university-level inquiry and research.

Resources/Professional Development

EPA: Office of Environmental Education
EPA’s Office of Environmental Education site provides information on training, grants, partnerships, tools and more. (EPA)

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences
Read this concise brochure to reinforce your climate science knowledge and enhance your lessons. (U.S. Global Change Research Program, which comprises 13 federal agencies and departments)

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
Use this climate education portal to find the best climate science resources for your lesson plans and activities. (U.S. Department of Education)

Global Warming Frequently Asked Questions
Enhance your climate change knowledge with this list of frequently asked questions. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

NASA Science for Educators
Formal and informal educators alike will find plenty of resources for students of all ages in this earth science catalog. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Earth Observatory
Read about climate change, view striking images of the Earth, and examine cutting–edge atmospheric maps. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Education Programs
Find science classroom resources, and learn about national science programs and competitions. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy)

Make a Difference in Schools

What You Can Do at School
Students, educators and school administrators can all play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Here is a directory of some education and action-planning resources to help you. (EPA)

Green Power Partnership
Learn how to join EPA's Green Power Partnership and get expert advice, tools and resources, and recognition for your efforts to buy green power. (EPA)

ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districtsexit EPA
Learn how to implement ENERGY STAR products in your school to cut costs and save energy. (ENERGY STAR, a joint program of EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy)

National Idle–Reduction Campaign
Discover how to protect both the planet and student health by reducing school bus idling. (EPA)

Make a Difference in Your School: A How–to Guide for Engaging Students in Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction (PDF)
Plan a “Make a Difference Day” that inspires students to reduce waste and conserve resources. Every product has a life cycle, and every step—from manufacturing to disposal—leads to greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, reducing, reusing, and recycling materials can help slow climate change. (EPA)

Portfolio Managerexit EPA
Track energy use across your school or district to identify cost–effective energy efficiency investments and strategies. (ENERGY STAR, a joint program of EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy)


Elementary to Middle School

NASA: Climate Kids — Eyes on the Earthexit EPA
Travel back in time to learn about climate change or fly along with a NASA satellite to check on the planet's vital signs. You can also view climate videos and play various games.

Find out why energy efficiency is so important to addressing climate change and what you can do to help.

EIA: Energy Kidsexit EPA
Learn about renewable energy, and get tips to save electricity in your home. Then test your energy knowledge with fun games and quizzes.

DOE: Study Hall — Resources for Studentsexit EPA
Still have unanswered questions about climate change? Visit the Study Hall Web site, and send your questions to a real climate scientist.

Middle to High School

NOAA: Activity Book – Discover Your Changing Worldexit EPA
This activity book introduces you to climate science, the Earth’s climate system, the impacts of changes, and what you can do to explore and protect our Earth.

NASA: Eyes on the Earth exit EPA
With this app, monitor our planet's vital signs, such as sea level height, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, and Antarctic ozone.

NASA: SciJinksexit EPA
Explore the world of weather through games, videos, and downloadable posters, bookmarks, and more.

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