Climate Lessons Update – March 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Even though it snowed over 12” in Minneapolis last week, we know that spring is just around the corner! Birds will soon begin their migrations back north, the buds will start sprouting on trees, and much of the population around the country will be able to shed a few layers of clothing. Spring is a wonderful time to get your students outside to learn from nature through weather and phenology recording. Phenology–the seasonal activity of plants and animals—is perhaps the simplest process in which to track changes in the ecology of species in response to climate change (IPCC, 2007).

Let’s celebrate the upcoming Spring Equinox (March 20th) with lesson plans about phenology, registration for our approaching professional development opportunities, and books and articles that enrich our minds and inspire us in our work.

Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz
Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

Follow Will Steger’s 2018 Solo Arctic Expedition

Our founder, polar explorer Will Steger, is embarking on a two-and-a-half month solo journey across the Arctic this March through June; the impacts of climate change on this region are profound. This is your chance to follow along with Will in your classroom!

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

June 26-28, 2018
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Attend for free! Did we say free? We sure did! Register today for a scholarship to attend the Summer Institute for free and join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom.

Sign up for the #TeachClimate Network

Need a place to discuss the successes and challenges related to teaching climate change? Want to read more books this year? Join our #TeachClimate Network and check off those boxes from the comfort of your own home each month.
P.S. We’re reading Flight Behavior this month.


Looking for Phenology Lesson Plans?

The CLEAN Collection is a high-quality and rigorously reviewed collection of climate and energy educational resources aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Click here to see 13 lessons and activities about climate change and phenology for your classroom.

Teaching Phenology and Climate Change Course

In this month-long, facilitated online course, discover how the study of plant life cycles (phenology) reveals some consequences of climate change. Registration deadline is March 15 and the course runs March 16-April 13. Offered by the Citizen Science Academy of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Use Project BudBurst with Your Students

Plants tell a story about climate change. WIth Project BudBurst, your students can make and report observations on how the plants in their garden, park, town, or city are changing with the seasons. Enjoy the spring and be a part of the scientific community!

What We’re Reading

The Black Panther Viewing Guide: Complete with discussion questions about education, gender, and the use of natural resources.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Stories from the Field

Two educators from Minneapolis Public Schools write about the importance of green STEM education for middle school students.

Moment of Inspiration

It’s #WomensHistoryMonth! Hear from women who are leading the fight against #climatechange Click To Tweet

It’s Women’s History Month! Hear from women are internationally leading the fight against climate change, because women are the most affected by the impacts.

Woman Leading Fight Against Climate Change Worldwide

Women are disproportionately affected by climate change, so these leaders are making their voices heard

Posted by NowThis Her on Friday, December 1, 2017


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