Climate Lessons Update – September 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators

The school year is officially upon us, which means you’re planning lessons, learning names, and grading papers. And we’re here to help! We just launched our newest free resource, Green Careers for a Changing Climate, a short documentary and discussion guide to introduce your students to the importance of Green STEM Careers as a solution to climate change.

Click for documentary and viewing discussion guide

Green STEM careers (from solar and wind installers to environmental lawyers) require STEM competency and contribute to a low carbon economy. Green STEM career opportunities are rapidly increasing and our students need tangible opportunities that will prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow.

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Want your voice to be heard? Participate in our #TeachClimate365 campaign — our challenge for all of you to bring climate change into your classroom all year, not just for a week-long unit or end of the year add-on! Connect with us this school year as we share resources, step-by-step activities, and reasons why we #TeachClimate365 on Facebook and Instagram every Wednesday.  Don’t forget to join our monthly #TeachClimate Network meetings for cli-fi reads and education conversations! Share with us why you think it’s important or how you #TeachClimate365 on your social media platform of choice — don’t forget to tag @ClimateGenOrg and use the hashtag!

Jenna Totz
Climate Change Education Manager
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Green Careers for a Changing Climate Documentary

We have a new resource for your classroom! Green Careers for a Changing Climate is a ten-minute documentary that introduces students to Green STEM Careers through interviews with five Green STEM professionals. Click here to get to the documentary, discussion, guide, and activities for your students.

#TeachClimate Network

It’s back this September! Join the #TeachClimate Network and Book Club to discuss climate change fiction (cli-fi) books, challenges and successes of implementing climate change education, and current climate change news. We meet monthly online via Zoom. Join us!

MINNESOTA: Youth Climate Kickoff

Help spread the word — high schoolers can start the year off with climate action! Join youth from across MN at the Youth Climate Kickoff, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30–4 p.m. at Central High School in St. Paul. This is a youth-led day of workshops and fun. Meet engaged youth, spark ideas, and plan action projects for the year. Free, with lunch provided!


Temperature Anomalies by Country 1880-2017

We are always looking for different ways to show climate change data. Show your students this piece that looks at the temperature anomalies by country from 1880-2017.

Is the key to sparking climate action a game?

New research shows that 81% of participants in a role play simulation increased motivation to combat climate change, regardless of political orientation. Check out Climate Interactive and play the World Climate Simulation with your students this year. We’re happy to say that we have used this resource and love it! Read our recent review of World Climate in NSTA Reports (page 14).

What We’re Reading

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to prepare for our first #TeachClimate Network meeting on Sept 19th.

Stories from the Field

This month we’re publishing Climate Change in the Classroom, a four-part series about the activities, lessons, and standards that teachers from various subject areas and grade levels use to teach climate change.

Moment of Inspiration

Green Careers for a Changing Climate Teaser

Check out this clip from Green Careers for a Changing Climate Documentary before you see the entire video and viewing discussion guide.

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