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Catch the Sun!

We haven’t taken the time to feature a book for awhile and I thought it would be worthwhile to feature Catch the Sun, by Anne Johnson, as an initiative of Mortenson Construction’s Renewable Energy Groups. Catch the Sun explains solar energy through the eyes of a young boy named Nils whose father is in construction of clean energy sites. […]

Book of the Month: Gecko Boy

Note: This is part of a monthly series of posts focused on integrating literacy and climate science and energy issues. The posts are based on discussions in the “Not So Serious Climate and Energy Book Club,” last Friday. The book club evolved out of some informal virtual discussions between a number of us involved in […]

Climate Lesson Updates: October 2012

Happy October! We’ve had a blast the last few weeks with Bloomington Lutheran and Open World Learning Community students down at Ft. Snelling State Park within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.  Staff from the Mississippi River Fund, National Park Service and the Will Steger Foundation led students through activities around weather, climate and […]

Climate Lesson Updates: September 2012

Hello Educators and Education Partners! It is hard to believe September is almost over.  We hope you have had a fantastic month back and the school rhythm has begun to settle in.  We were sad to bid farewell to Ann Benson, our fantastic Education Assistant, at the end of August.  Ann was a great asset […]

Duluth Flooding, Climate Adaptation, and Extreme Weather

An article in the Star Tribune this week discussed the recent flooding in Duluth and the fact that “Duluth is maybe in the firstwave of cities to adapt to climate change,” said University of Minnesota Extension climatologist Mark Seeley.  The article is nice starting point for a discussion about adaptation to climate change, the role […]

Climate Change finds a place in Next Generation Science Standards

Last week the first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards became available on-line.  The new standards lean heavily on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, released a few months ago by the National Academies Press.  The standards were written for a number of reasons including, the fact that the last science standards were […]

Dinosaurs and Climate Change?! Making Science Interesting

In the past I have blogged on the importance of the “translator” or communicator of climate change, especially when it comes to some of the more complex science.  These two articles caught my eye today. The article:  Could methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs have helped drive Mesozoic climate warmth? published in Current Biology by David […]

Climate Change Book Review for Elementary

Being the mother of an elementary aged girl it is hard to avoid reading the Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows.  The series, eight books in length, features two girls that are very different, but the best of friends.  Instead of their differences causing a problem, they instead make possible wonderful adventures and creative […]