Education Resources

CLIMATE QUESTIONS

To provide answers to queries from teachers, students, or families (or anyone) about global warming and its global, regional, or local climate change consequences, we have established a Hotline.  Please send questions to ClimateQuestions@socan.info

GENERAL

 Anti-Science Heritage Foundation Materials Rebuttal

Responses to the antis-science propaganda circulated by the Heritage Foundation under the title “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming”

National Science Teachers of America response

Georgia High School Science teacher Brandie Freeman response

Monckton credibility? : https://www.desmogblog.com/christopher-monckton,  https://www.skepticalscience.com/Monckton_Myths_arg.htm,  https://bbickmore.wordpress.com/lord-moncktons-rap-sheet/

Heartland Institute Rebuttal: the Monckton monthly temperature data.

STANDARDS

Curriculum materials developed by local educators

Curated links to other organizations, curricuum materials, information, and data

Climate.Gov 

Energy.gov

  • US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Energy Literacy video series
  • Background info on energy for teachers, K-12 lesson plans, and videos

Climate Change Live

  • US Forest Service and 26 other public and non-profit organizations
  • Distance learning resources for students and teachers
  • Curated list of web information and lesson plans
  • Background information on climate science for teachers

Alliance for Climate Education

  • Non-profit
  • Trains young people to be climate educators and activists
  • Brings climate assemblies aligned with NGSS to high schools with teacher resources for before and after the assembly
  • “Our Climate Our Future” video aligned with NGSS for use in high school classrooms with accompanying resources

CLEAN—Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network

  • National Science Digital Libraries Pathway Project affiliated with NOAA’s Climate.gov
  • 600+ reviewed lesson plans mostly for MS and HS but some 3-5 resources. Searchable by various criteria.
  • Background information for teachers and suggestions on pedagogic approaches

National Geographic: Climate Change

Cool California

  • California Air Resources Board, State Government
  • Curriculum materials and links to other resources

Windows to the Universe: Our Changing Planet

  • National Earth Science Teachers’ Association, Education Non-Profit
  • Videos on the effects of climate change with accompanying lesson plans

NASA Climate Change

  • Data, images, information on climate change science, effects of climate change, and careers in climate science
  • Climate Kids http://climatekids.nasa.gov/  Great resource for elementary age kids with info, videos, activities on climate science, effects, and solutions.

 Climate Connections

California Academy of Sciences

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Lesson plans on climate science searchable by area of science or by grade level

 Eco Schools USA

DLESE—Digital Library for Earth System Education

  • Catalog of thousands of earth science lesson plans and curriculum materials searchable by grade level, resource type, collection source, and standards.

 National Geographic: Climate Change

Windows to the Universe: Our Changing Planet

  • National Earth Science Teachers’ Association, Education Non-Profit
  • Videos on the effects of climate change with accompanying lesson plans

NASA Climate Change

  • Data, images, information on climate change science, effects of climate change, and careers in climate science
  • Climate Kids http://climatekids.nasa.gov/  Great resource for elementary age kids with info, videos, activities on climate science, effects, and solutions.

Carbon and Climate

  • University of Wisconsin
  • Background information on the global carbon cycle

 Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility 

University Center for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research

Data Sources for Graphing Exercises

Tables of Global and Hemispheric Monthly Means and Zonal Annual Means  from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Scroll down to this Heading and select ‘Global-mean monthly, seasonal, and annual means’  The CSV option comes in as an Excel file.

University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit Data in collaboration with the British Meteorological Office Hadley Climate Center.  Data sets have to be parsed when downloaded.

NOAA Mauna Loa Atmospheric Carbon dioxide data  Scroll down.  Data set started in 1958.

Annual Average snowfall by decade at Crater Lake from the 1930s through 2000s.

CoCoRaHS – Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network CoCoRaHas, the citizen science weather collection program.

Security and Sustainability Forum  Miscellaneous resource materials on promoting sustainability and addressing climate change.

United States Geological Survey Climate Change Viewer This site provides climate  trends and projections as modeled data and time series graphs for every mainland U.S. county from 1950 to 2100 for max and min temperatures, precipitation, run-off, snowfall (as snow water equivalent), soil moisture storage, evaporation deficit.   A downloadable tutorial is available, but the site is reasonably intuitive, entering users just have to accept the terms (not complex or arduous).  My experience (Alan) is that the time series graphs don’t appear with Chrome, but are fine with Firefox. The output represents the average of 28 models; it depicts the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5 (red) and 4.5 (blue).  The former is sometimes described as the ‘business as usual’ scenario with accelerating fossil fuel use and emissions, while the latter assumes the emissions trajectory is reduced substantially.

Medford Days over 100 degrees – Data & Pictograph for younger students

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