Recently I joined the Climate Literacy Network weekly phone call and listserv, a nationwide network of thinkers and doers around the topic of climate literacy. It is an intense and inspiring group to be a part of and so encouraging to hear about all the good work being done nationally to address climate change. As often happens in networks like this it is difficult to keep up with all the ideas, programs and resources being thrown out, but I will try share them on the Climate Lessons blog as they arise.
One thing that came up this week was NASA’s Eyes on the Earth Website, which I highlighted in a past blog post. If you only go to one website for current and up to date climate science this is THE place to go. I especially like their interactives, as well as their top ten climate movies. Recently they added Tips and Tricks for Teachers that gives six ideas of ways to integrate the resources on their site into the classroom. Upon review, the tips they share can be easily aligned to the Will Steger Foundation’s Grades 6-12 lesson plans for a longer and more rigorous unit on climate change. There are many ways they could be integrated, but here are a few ideas I developed upon first review.
Will Steger Foundation Lesson 1, Our Unique Atmosphere and 2, Emissions of Heat Trapping Gases would be well supported by NASA’s Tip 1, Climate Time Machine and 5, Climate Reel. Lesson 4, Implications of Warming in the Arctic would be well supported and extended by NASA’s Tip 3, Images of Change and Tip 4, Global Ice Viewer. Finally, Tip 6, Eyes on the Earth 3D, would be a great extension to help students understand the research the goes into atmospheric science.