Did you know that the world’s climate is changing? Many human activities like driving cars, running factories, and generating energy release gases into our atmosphere. Because these gases trap heat from the sun close to the earth, this is causing our planet to warm!
As the global temperature warms, weather patterns have begun to change, polar ice is melting, and sea levels are rising. These changes could impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people in our lifetime!
There’s a lot of information out there on climate change but we’ve added our favorite websites below. Click a link below to jump straight down to any section:
INFORMATION for KIDS
Climate Change Basics by the AMNH (American Museum of Natural History)
Coral Reefs are Affected by Climate Change by UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
Fossil Fuels by NASA’s Climate Kids
Getting the Picture by Earth Vision Institute
Greenhouse Effect by NASA’s Climate Kids
Health Issues Related to Climate Change by WGBH Educational Foundation
Ocean is Affected by Climate Change by NASA’s Climate Kids
Weather vs Climate by UCAR
Carbon and Climate Change in 90 Seconds video by NASA
Causes of Climate Change video by Bill Nye the Science Guy (4 minutes)
Climate Change Seen in U.S. National Parks video series by United States National Park Service (each video is 3 – 10 minutes)
Fragile Environment: How We Impact Our Surroundings video series by BrianPop (each video is 3-4 minutes) (paid subscription required)
Greenhouse Effect video by BrainPop (4 minutes) (paid subscription required)
How do Scientists Know Earth’s Climate is Changing? Ice Holds the Evidence! video by the National Science Foundation (19 minutes)
Ice Melting is an Indicator that Earth is Warming video by the U.S. National Park Service (7 minutes)
Recycling Center in Action video by ReCommunity Recycling (10 minutes)
Weather vs. Climate video by Teddy TV (1 minute)
Why Climate Change is a Concern video by Rapper Polar-Palooza (4 minutes)
Simple Computer Model to Understand CO2 and Global Warming child-friendly computer modeling by the National Center for Climate Research
WHAT CAN KIDS DO?
Actions Kids Can Take by the AMNH (American Museum of Natural History)Actions
Actions Kids Can Take by Time for Kids Magazine
Can Kids Help? video by Australian Learners
Recycle by The Ad Council
Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
WHAT SHOULD ADULTS DO?
Conserving Energy video by BrainPop (4 minutes) (paid subscription required)
Light Bulbs Matter by the National Research Council
Powering the Planet with Renewable Energy video by PBS (53 minutes)
Reducing Your Personal Contribution to a Warming Planet by The New York Times
GAMES and ACTIVITES
Carbon Cycle Game by Windows2Universe
CO2 Balancing Game by NASA’s Climate Kids
Energy Kids Crossword Puzzles and Games by EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
Energy Star Kids Activities by the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Hog and Seek Game by Alliance to Save Energy
Leaps and Flutters by NASA’s Climate Kids
Missions to Planet Earth Online Card Game by NASA’s Climate Kids
Plan It Green: Building an Energy-Efficient City by National Geographic
Planet Arcade by NOAA (U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
INFORMATION for OLDER STUDENTS & TEACHERS
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Climate Change in a Nutshell by NCSE (National Center for Science Education)
Read & Watch
Climate Change: What, How, and What to do Now video by PBS (54 minutes)
Climate Stewards Program for Educators by NOAA
Energy from Natural Resources by the National Academies of Sciences
Evidence Scientists See of Climate Change by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
How Scientists Know What They Know about Climate Change video by The National Academies of Sciences
New York Uses Many Types of Renewable Energy by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Ocean Acidification Experiment & Lesson Plan by Kottie Christie-Blick
Ocean Acidification Caused by Climate Change video and lesson plan by NESTA (National Earth Science Teacher Association)
Sea Level Rise Hands-On Activity Lesson Plan by Kottie Christie-Blick
Short Answers to Hard Questions about Climate Change by The New York Times
Signs of a Warming World free poster by NOAA
Talking to Children about Climate Change by Kottie Christie-Blick
Teaching Climate & Energy in Middle School and High School by CLEAN (Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network)
Teaching Climate Literacy by NOAA
The Big Picture by Skeptical Science
Trend vs Variation by Teddy TV
Warmest Year on Earth in Recorded History: 2015 by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
For Teachers, Because I Get It
Lesson Plans to get started teaching climate – plunge right in!
Teacher Reminder for teachers with too much on their plate
Twitter follow @KottieCB for up-to-date climate news the easy way
Graphs & Graphics
Comparing Possible Causes of Global Warming by Bloomberg Business
Dataset Gallery by NOAA
Explaining Climate Change by BBC News
Global Temperatures and Other Climate Indicators by Climate Central
Global Warming Over Time by NASA
Keeling Curve Graph by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mauna Loa Observatory
Local Climate Change in USA by weather.com
Sea Level Change Over Time by the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Sea level Rise Simulation by NOAA
Teaching Climate Change with Graphics by Skeptical Science
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