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The Carbon Cycle
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This lesson was originally created to give elementary school teachers a foundation for understanding the impacts of climate change. Teachers, acting as students, physically participate in the movement of carbon throughout various biospheres.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Priscilla Brotherton
Date Added:
07/29/2020
Cleaning the Air
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Engineers design methods of removing particulate matter from industrial sources to minimize negative effects of air pollution. In this activity, students will undertake a similar engineering challenge as they design and build a filter to remove pepper from an air stream without blocking more than 50% of the air.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Melissa Straten
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Climate Literacy in the Elementary Classroom
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This article provides five strategies for building the foundation for climate science literacy in the elementary grades.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Mark S. McCaffrey
Susan M. Buhr
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Climate Misconceptions: A Top 10 List
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This article discusses ten common misconceptions held by students and adults about climate change.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Mark S. McCaffrey
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Climate Science 3.0: Modeling and Student Explanations
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This course provides strategies and resources students can apply to their current, and ongoing, knowledge of a given science topic using the Science and Engineering Practice of Modeling and Student Explanations.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Scott Killough
Date Added:
06/25/2021
Climate Science STEM Seminar Teacher Professional Development Template
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This resource is for teachers to develop their knowledge around climate science along with NGSS-aligned teaching strategies . Teachers can learn more about the following climate change impacts: coastal hazards, fire, human health, floods & droughts, agriculture and species & ecosystems. Users should reference the "STEM Seminar Slides_Template" as a guide for a daylong training and use the other materials as supplemental information and resources.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Becky Bronstein
Date Added:
07/01/2019
Climate Science Video Workshop
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This learning resource will engage you and your colleagues in learning more about the importance of learning and teaching climate science as part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). You will hear from multiple stakeholders about the importance and impact of learning about climate science, as well as engage with learning tools and reflection questions to deepen your learning and position you to take action in your setting. We envision this professional learning taking place in an ongoing community of practice. We encourage you to determine and proceed at your own pace that reflects the needs of your team.

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Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Association of Washington School Principals
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date Added:
09/03/2019
ClimateSim - a climate-change simulation app from ScienceBySimulation
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ClimateSim is a fast and simple climate modeling and simulation tool. It is a web app that is freely available to anyone interested in climate science. ClimateSim allows users to model scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions in the current century and simulates the first-order response of the earth system. ClimateSim makes climate simulation accessible in a simplified form and provides an easy-to-use simulation platform for performing virtual climate experiments. ClimateSim is primarily targeted as a science education tool for undergraduate and advanced high-school students in physics, environmental science and related courses. Instructors can use ClimateSim to illustrate climate-change concepts, demonstrate dynamic relationships between climate variables, and assign simulation-based exercises as part of their courses. It is also an appropriate and accessible tool that policymakers, journalists and others can use to get a better understanding and working knowledge of the basics of climate science.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Simulation
Author:
Kumar Venkat
Date Added:
08/28/2017
ClimeTime Professional Learning Session: How to Support Home-Based Science Learning During School Closures
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With students and educators under shelter-at-home orders, states and districts are faced with difficult decisions about how to support students’ science learning while they are home. Home environments support different aspects of student learning than school-based environments. Designing home-based learning experiences to intentionally take advantage of the unique assets of being at home can be supportive of students’ social, emotional, and mental health; provide a meaningful and complementary science learning experience; and allow students to explore real-world and personally relevant science in ways that are difficult to accomplish in school. Field-based examples of home and neighborhood investigations of ecological systems will be shared.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Carrie Tzou
Leah Bricker
Megan Bang
Philip Bell
Date Added:
04/28/2020
EarthGen COVID & Climate Change Virtual STEM Seminar Template
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In this virtual professional development opportunity designed for teachers, EarthGen explores two global crises taking place concurrently - the climate crisis and COVID-19. What are the connections between the two? Why are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities disproportionately affected by both? Educators receive foundational information around climate justice, analyze the variables associated with vulnerability, exposure, and risk, and explore educational resources to bring this content into their classrooms.Contact EarthGen at info@earthgenwa.org for more information.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Becky Bronstein
Washington OSPI OER Project
Kailyn Wentz
Date Added:
06/29/2021
EarthGen Climate Science STEM Seminar Teacher Virtual Professional Development Template
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In this virtual professional development opportunity designed for teachers, participants will have a chance to authentically engage with activities and experts as they grow their understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community. Teachers analyze and interpret recent climate science data and progress understanding on the most salient climate change indicators in Washington. Additionally, teachers explore the efforts to conserve and protect a local species, its cultural significance and how these efforts are indicative of a greater effort to address climate change. Teachers leave this training with increased preparedness to leverage a local species or climate change impact in their classroom to spur action in their community.Contact EarthGen at info@earthgenwa.org for more information.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Becky Bronstein
Kailyn Wentz
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/29/2021
Elementary Earth and Space Science Methods
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This book is intended for use by future teachers, written from the perspective of students who have taken Science Methods II. The student authors gathered and created resources to help prospective elementary cience teachers better understand science and feel confident in your abilities as a future teacher.
This book is divided into five parts which align with the Science Methods II course:

Physics
Space Science
Earth Science
Climate Science
Course Materials and Pedagogy

Within each part, the material is broken down into smaller chapters. Here you will find written explanations, video links, glossary terms, key takeaways, and practice quizzes to help you understand the material. This book is designed to be a flexible resource; use it as much or as little as you need throughout the course.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Higher Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Provider:
University of Iowa
Provider Set:
Iowa Research Online
Author:
Ben Smith
Ella McDonald
Jenny Haley
Rachel Dunn
Ted Neal
Date Added:
01/05/2021
Exploring Climate Science with Virtual Reality
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Exploring Climate Science With Virtual Reality, a Teacher/Scientist Partnership experience. High school teachers engage with working scientists and engineers to for content learning for climate science and virtual reality and engage in follow-up sessions with professional development facilitators to develop pedagogical expertise for use in creating formative classroom tasks that are formative and productive. It is a three day initial workshop with four follow-up days to
1) deepen teacher understanding by learning with climate scientists to understand climate science standards content knowledge
2) increase awareness and knowledge of the use of virtual reality devices in climate science learning
30 to co-develop a climate science simulation game for use on Oculus Go devices with teachers, their students and a virtual reality scientist/engineer team
4) to develop and implement embedded formative classroom tasks that
complement climate science learning by using a relevant, place based phenomena, and provide insights into student thinking and productive next steps in learning.

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Exploring Climate Science With Virtual Reality Professional Learning Module by Georgia Boatman, ESD 123 and Peggy Willcuts PNNL is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Geology
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
08/22/2019
Forest Management Simulation
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This lesson was developed by Wild Whatcom (www.wildwhatcom.org) for the Clime Time initiative. The lesson included expands on knowledge of Forest Succession. This outdoor lesson can happen in any natural setting whether it be on a school play field, in a garden, or in a forest. The lesson allows students to role play what it would be like to live in a forest undergoing natural occurances with varying effects due to different management styles. This lesson is best conducted after the concepts of forest succession or natural extreme weather patterns have been discussed.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Arts and Humanities
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Author:
Hannah Newell
Date Added:
03/26/2020
Introduction to Climate Science
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This book describes how Earth's climate is changing, how it has been changing in the recent geological past and how it may change in the future. It covers the physical sciences that build the foundations of our current understanding of global climate change such as radiation, Earth's energy balance, the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. Both natural and human causes for climate change are discussed. Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems are summarized. Ethical and economical aspects of human-caused climate change and solutions are presented.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Andreas Schmittner
Date Added:
01/06/2020
North Cascades Institute Snow Crystal Morphology Lesson
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Lesson plan to explore how snow crystals form, atmospheric conditions that influence crystal morphology. Makes connections crystals, snow density and water content

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Author:
Abigail Sussman
Date Added:
05/24/2019
Oh, Salmon!
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Through this lesson, students in 3rd-5th grade will understand how the human history of a local creek (Whatcom Creek in this example) affects the health of salmon populations. This lesson is an active way to engage students in graphing through the use of models and uses critical thinking to understand implications of human actions in the past and in the future.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Barbara Soots
Hannah Newell
Date Added:
07/31/2019
PEI SOLS 1st Grade Renewable Energy: Solar
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Solar energy in the form of light is available to organisms on Earth in abundance. In this storyline, students explore cultural connections with the sun, learn about light and discover how light interacts with other materials through hands-on activities, literacy integration and engineering.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/15/2021
PEI SOLS 2nd Grade Urban Forestry: The Needs of Trees
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Trees grow all around us. Sometimes they are in large forests and sometimes they are single trees along the road or in our schoolyards. In this storyline, students explore cultural connections with trees, learn about the characteristics of trees, and discover what trees need to grow through handson activities, art, and literacy integration.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/22/2021
PEI SOLS 2nd grade Coastal Hazards: Erosion
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Erosion is a natural hazard that causes major damage and can cause homes to collapse. In this storyline, students are introduced to weathering and erosion. Students will gain an understanding of coastal erosion by experimenting with different types of erosion control practices, including seawalls and riprap.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/15/2021