Climate Lessons Update – August 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators

With the school year upon us, we are super excited to launch #TeachClimate365 — 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!

We all know climate change is the most pressing issue of our time, but it’s also the ultimate interdisciplinary topic and can be taught in chemistry, earth science, biology, physics, social studies, or ELA! Understanding the scientific, social, economic, and political implications of climate change are essential to preparing today’s students for their future careers.

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. Right-click to save the pledge photo above and 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!

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Keep reading to explore resources we have for you and your students, plus exciting events we are hosting this year.

Jenna Totz
Climate Change Education Manager
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

New Green STEM Resource

We have a new resource for your classroom coming out next month! Watch for the September CLU for a new Green STEM resource that will get your students thinking about their futures. Green STEM prepares students with careers that require STEM competency and contribute to a low carbon economy, including solar and wind installers, climate scientists, environmental lawyers, and green construction professionals.

Skip, hop, jump to conferences with us!

Each year, Climate Generation exhibits and presents at a number of conferences around the country. Come chat with us and gather the resources and training you need to be confident teaching climate change.

  • In Minnesota, you will find us at the MEA Conference, Minnesota Science Teachers Association Conference, Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association Conference, and Minnesota Council for Social Studies Conference.
  • Nationally, we will be at the National Council for Social Studies Conference in Chicago, Green Schools Conference & Expo in St. Paul, and the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington D.C.

Resources

Climate Generation Curricula Suite

Dive into our suite of grades 3-12 curriculum guides for all subject areas that are all downloadable for free.

#TeachClimate Network

It’s back this September! Join the #TeachClimate Network to discuss climate change fiction (cli-fi) books, challenges and successes of implementing climate change education, and current climate change news.

Climate Change Resolution Toolkit

Act local, think global. Use our Climate Commitments: School Board Resolution Toolkit to bring a resolution to your school board that commits your school district to teaching climate change and climate solutions.

Minnesota Science Educator Survey

Hey Minnesota Educators! Do you use the standards for classroom teaching, informal education, teacher preparation, or other uses? Please complete this survey by September 11. The science standards committee will use your feedback to help with the revisions.

What We’re Reading

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

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. The week, we look at English Language Arts.

Moment of Inspiration

Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

What are you teaching the world? You’re teaching the world what it looks like to be awesome! No matter who you are, somebody’s learning from you. Everybody’s a teacher and everybody’s a student. Look for the awesome!

 

 

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