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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.

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Life Science
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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 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
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
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 3rd Grade Fire: Wildfires in Washington
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A change in climate over time has contributed to a significant increase of wildfires in our state. In this storyline, students will make the connection between changes in ecosystems and the interconnectedness of all things. Students will gain an understanding of combustion (fire triangle), and observe through data that certain conditions (humidity, temperature, fuel load, etc.) contribute to forest fires (fire environment triangle). 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/16/2020
PEI SOLS 4th Grade Natural Hazards: Erosion
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What we see on Earth’s surface is a complex and dynamic set of interconnected systems that include the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere and biosphere. Earth’s processes are the result of energy flow and matter cycling within and among these systems. Understanding Earth’s systems is important for many decisions made in communities today such as where to build a road, where a salmon can successfully build a redd to lay eggs, and how to ensure air quality. Erosion involves all five spheres giving students an excellent example of the interconnectedness of these large systems.  Students may begin the storyline by hearing a story about the relationship between the land and plants from an Indigenous perspective, a local tribe elder or expert if possible. This perspective can be woven throughout the storyline while students explore different types of erosion: wind, water and ice in sand and soil. For real life experiences, students visit their schoolyard or nearby area to find examples of erosion. They may find examples from very small to larger examples of places where soil has eroded. They may find places where human foot traffic has made pathways through a previously planted area.  

Subject:
Environmental Science
Geology
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/16/2020
PEI SOLS 5th grade Food Waste
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While food waste is not typically seen as contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, it is a major contributor. Reducing food waste is the 3rd most beneficial drawdown solution. Wasted food, and the resources to produce that food, are responsible for approximately 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. When individuals and groups reduce food waste, it has a huge impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Food waste awareness is applicable to every person and community. In this storyline, students conduct a “food waste audit”. Each participating class of students collects, sorts and measures their food waste for one day at lunch. Students discuss the local and global causes and effects of food waste in the environment. Students will also learn the cultural connections around food waste from experts or elders from the local Indian tribe and inquire how different agencies in the community deal with food waste (e.g, grocery store, food bank, city). Suggestion for how students can present their findings and create an action plan are also included. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/16/2020
PEI SOLS 5th grade Forests: Forest Ecosystem Benefits
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The goal of the fifth grade Forests: Forest Ecosystem Benefits storyline is to build on students’ previous knowledge of plant/animal needs, ecosystems, and protection of Earth’s resources. In this storyline students develop an understanding of forest ecosystems, tree benefits including carbon sequestration, and what trees need to grow/gain mass. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/16/2020
PEI SOLS 5th grade: Regenerative Agriculture
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Soil quality is an important aspect of growing food. In this storyline, students will discover what soil is made of and how carbon is an important part of soil quality as well as how carbon moves between plants, soil, and air. Students will learn how Indigenous people used practices such as composting. Finally, students will explore what regenerative agriculture practices are and how they can be a solution to how the climate is changing over time.  

Subject:
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/16/2020
PEI SOLS HS Fire: Forest Management
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The students will be introduced to a historical account of global climate change and the human events that may have impacted those changes. Fire has been used by humans throughout history to modify their environment, particularly forests, for human benefit. Over time, the management of forests has changed and the result is an increase in catastrophic wildfires. This storyline explores the use of fire as a forest management tool to improve the health of forests thereby decreasing the incidence of catastrophic fires and the role fire plays in climate change. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Hattie Osborne
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/15/2020
PEI SOLS HS: Food Waste
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Food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas. Wasted food and the resources to produce that food are responsible for approximately 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In this storyline, students learn about the resources required to produce food through following the carbon cycle and discover how food waste contributes to climate change. They will also learn the farm to table transport chain as well as how to conduct a food waste assessment. Finally, the students will research solutions to the problem of food waste and, as a final project, present one solution that they have thoroughly researched that can be applicable to their community. For CTE teachers, this storyline provides the basic knowledge needed to develop a deep understanding of WHY reducing food waste is an important solution to climate change. There are several potential extensions that Family Consumer Science teachers can utilize as well as Ag teachers and even Business teachers. There is a partial list at the end of the learning progressions. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Hattie Osborne
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/15/2020