Education Resources

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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


Short 2 – 4 minute Public Service Announcement style spots for radio broadcasts on climate science, what is happening, or what we can do to address the problem.  These are broadcast on KSKQ. Scripts


Short videos (2 minutes or fewer) explaining critical climate issues


  • Resources for the Climate Crisis. Welcome to the Existential Toolkit – A Growing Hub of Resources for Climate Justice Educators. With feelings of climate anxiety and eco-grief on the rise, educators across disciplines need resources to help students develop the emotional resilience to stay engaged in the work of climate justice. This toolkit helps educators and students navigate the long emergency ahead without becoming overwhelmed by despair. The resources in this project have been crowdsourced from an international community of scholars, educators, and climate justice leaders focused on addressing the emotional impact of climate disruption. The project was initially launched by eco-emotion researchers Jennifer Atkinson, Elin Kelsey and Sarah Jaquette Ray.
  • Warming to a Different Subject by Ronit Feinglass Plank. The Washington Post.
  • The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change  This book includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized. The focus audience is high school Earth science and environmental science teachers, and it is written with an eye toward the kind of information and graphics that a secondary school teacher might need in the classroom. Print copies are available for purchase here and a PDF version is available as a free download.
  • How I Talk to My Daughter About Climate Change
  • Why Science Teachers Are Struggling With Climate Change
  • Zero Footprint – Youth Calculator
  • Drawdown: Health & Education Sector. How many people might call this planet home in 2050 or 2100? That will depend, in large part, on fertility rates and the headway we make on securing gender equality and advancing human well-being. When levels of education rise (in particular for girls and young women), access to reproductive healthcare improves, and women’s political, social, and economic empowerment expand, fertility typically falls. Across the world and over time, this impacts population.


Curriculum materials developed by local educators

A) Basics: How does incoming solar radiation drive global warming? Slides Story Cards

B) Jackson County Trends & Projections: What are the primary local trends and projections? Slides |  Story Cards

C) Biomes – Distribution and impact: How does climate change affect the distribution of natural systems, especially local tree species and agriculture? Slides | Story Cards

Ideas for Lesson Plans

Hurricane Harvey (2017)


Curated links to other organizations, curriculum materials, information, & data

Climate Change Education Exchange


  • NOAA
  • Source for data and climate change maps. Easy interface on the Global Climate Dashboard
  • Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science book is available on the website in English and Spanish.
  • National Climate Assessment Report summarizes the key findings by region. Resources for educators on the NCA.
  • Teacher resources include visuals, videos, demos and experiments, and interactive tools. Resources searchable to grade level, topic, resource type, or climate literacy principle.  Some resources for 3-5, most for MS and HS.

  • 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
  • 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  Great resource for elementary age kids with info, videos, activities on climate science, effects, and solutions.
  • Climate Kids – Climate Bingo

 Climate Connections

  • National Public Radio
  • Video “It’s All About Carbon
  • News stories (Written, audio, and video) related to causes, evidence, and solutions related to climate change

California Academy of Sciences

Years of Living Dangerously

  • Teacher resources for climate in the classroom—“Years of Living Dangerously”      Lesson plans and resources relating climate change to students’ daily lives.  For MS and HS, correlated with CCSS and NGSS.

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

Carbon and Climate

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

 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.

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).  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

Anti-Science Heritage Foundation Materials Rebuttal

Responses to the anti-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? :,,

Heartland Institute Rebuttal: the Monckton monthly temperature data.