Science

Next Generation Science Standards for high school.

Connecticut lawmakers have officially adopted NGSS  

Guidance in teaching climate and energy from the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

Climate Change Education

Curriculum from Stanford for high school students

Science Activity Ideas from CABE Green Day Activity Kit

Includes how to create a biosphere in a bottle, learn all the energy it takes it make a burger, and creating your own biofuels. 

Writing about climate change

Part 1: Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning 

Part 2: Well Written Explanation 

Translating Qualitative & Quantitative Details: Climate Change

Young People's Trust for the Environment

Free downloadable lesson plans and factsheets 

Climate Change Fact Sheet

Climate Change and Animals Fact Sheet  

The Problem with Plastic

EPA Resources for educators

Comprehensive list of lessons, activities and experiments for all age groups

High School Sustainability Lessons

From Green Education Foundation. Science, health, social studies, language arts, math, and creativity options.

Sustainable Transportation Lesson 

Alternative Fuel Lesson

Anti-idling Lesson  

Buy, use, toss? An interdisciplinary curriculum examining how we buy things in the US. 

The Scientific Method in Action

Featured project:

Eco-fair project from our partners at Metropolitan Business Academy 

Students design their own research project answering the question "How is the Climate Changing?" and present their ideas at an Eco Fair where other students can come an see their ideas

Energy

Where do you get your energy?

Renew-a-bean activity to teach conservation and renewable energy using beans. 

Solar Activities including: building a solar water heater, building a solar cooker and creating a model solar house 

 

Wind Energy: students create their own wind machines and use them for various experiments 

All of the above from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Full document here 

Renewable/ Non Renewable Resources Activity PowerPoint

Classroom activity with popcorn to better understand concept of nonrenewable energy

CleanLine Energy Partners

Renewable energy, wind and solar power basics with games and experiments

Energy Efficiency Ambassadors learn how different types of light use energy and discuss how you can educe energy waste at home 

Stabilization Wedges- 15 way to cut carbon from Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative. Students work in groups to choose the best combination of technology, policy, and tools to reduce our carbon output. Depending on knowledge level of students this could be a single lesson at the end of a unit or a whole unit in itself.  

Ecology

Go Fish lesson to explain the tragedy of the commons and the over use of resources using goldfish

Health

American Public Health Association

Information resource climate change relation to public health. APHA’s efforts and hope for more awareness - video as well

 

Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative Information

Climate change implications for health, current/projected health effects of climate change, ways that reduced greenhouse gas emissions will help

 

Climate Change: The Public Health Response 

Academic article from the American Journal of Public Health

Center for Climate Change & Health 

Website and Center for Climate Change & Health connected with Public Health Institute

Long-term student-directed project on climate change's effect on human health and disease 

Videos

Khan Academy: “How Does Climate Change Affect Biodiversity”

 

National Geographic: Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye 

National Geographic: Energy 101: Biofuels

National Geographic: Energy 101: Solar PV

 

AsapSCIENCE: What if All The Ice Melted on Earth? Ft. Bill Nye

 

NASA: How Global Warming Stacks Up 

 

NASA’s Earth Minute: Sea Level Rise

 

NASA’s Earth Minute: Gas Problem

 

NASA’s Earth Minute: Earth Has a Fever

MinuteEarth: "Science and Stories about our awesome planet!" 

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme: Climate Change: The State of the Science

Ted TalkGavin Schmidt: The Emergent Patterns of Climate Change

Vox: Takeout creates a lot of trash. It doesn't have to. Can we deliver ourselves from packaging waste?

CNNMoney: Google Earth Timelapses show Climate Change

 

TIME: Three Decades of Earth Seen from Space 

Google Earth Shows 30 Years of Climate Change

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