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Climate Change

Resources and information for teaching students about climate change.

Instructional Resources

This collection of supplementary curriculum resources can help teach students about global climate change and increase awareness. For state adopted curriculum and instructional materials, please visit the California Department of Education's Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Materials web page.

Elementary Resources

Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (K–12) Learning Sequences by California Science Teacher Association External link opens in new window or tab.
A suite of K–12 learning sequences and lesson resources utilizing the California Next Generation Science Standards and Science Framework. These resources were developed by California science educators in collaboration with practicing climate scientists and piloted in classrooms by the teachers that developed them. They also underwent a peer review.

Project Phenomena Database External link opens in new window or tab.
A suite of lesson frameworks and lesson resources for each grade level utilizing the California Next Generation Science Standards, the Science Framework and California environmental phenomena. These resources were developed by California science educators in collaboration with practicing scientists and the San Diego County Office of Education.

The Clean Collection External link opens in new window or tab.
Search the CLEAN Collection database to locate grade-specific lesson resources to teach students about climate change.

Global Oneness Project External link opens in new window or tab.
The Global Oneness Project offers lesson plans with films and videos of climate impacts around the world that can be used to teach global education, civics, and history-social science lessons. The lessons are also available in Spanish.

NASA: Climate Kids External link opens in new window or tab.
This website offers classroom resources for teaching elementary and middle school students science lessons.

Middle School Resources

Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in Pre-Service Educators (ACLIPSE) External link opens in new window or tab.
Grades six through twelve instructional materials and professional learning materials in climate science activities

California Department of Water Climate Change External link opens in new window or tab.
Developed by the California Department of Water Resources this interactive web page can serve as a lesson resource for teaching students about climate change.

K-12 Learning Sequences by California Science Teacher Association External link opens in new window or tab.
A suite of K-12 learning sequences and lesson resources utilizing the California Next Generation Science Standards and Science Framework. These resources were developed by California science educators in collaboration with practicing climate scientists and piloted in classrooms by the teachers that developed them. They also underwent a peer review.

The Clean CollectionExternal link opens in new window or tab.
Search the CLEAN Collection database to locate grade-specific lesson resources to teach students about climate change.

Global Onenesss Project External link opens in new window or tab.
The Global Oneness Project offers lesson plans with films and videos of climate impacts around the world that can be used to teach global education, civics, and history social science lessons. The lessons are also available in Spanish.

Project Phenomena Database External link opens in new window or tab.
A suite of lesson frameworks and lesson resources for each grade level utilizing the California Next Generation Science Standards, the Science Framework and California environmental phenomena. These resources were developed by California science educators in collaboration with practicing scientists and the San Diego County Office of Education.

NASA: Climate Kids External link opens in new window or tab.
This website offers classroom resources for teaching elementary and middle school students science lessons.

NASA: Global Climate Change External link opens in new window or tab.
This website offers classroom resources for teaching middle and high school students science lessons.

NASA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory External link opens in new window or tab.
Articles, data, lessons, and interactive components focused on our universe of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Grade 8: Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Industrialization, Urbanization, and the Conservation Movement Lessons External link opens in new window or tab.
An EEI Curriculum lesson unit where students look closely at global economic imperative of the late 19th and early 20th century and its influence on the natural world through the development of the San Francisco Bay Area during this time.

Grade 8: Project Learning Tree Focus on Forest Lesson External link opens in new window or tab.
This Project Learning Tree lesson helps teach students about climate and serves as a truly integrated lesson for teachers teaching climate change literacy.

High School Resources

California Department of Water Climate Change External link opens in new window or tab.
Developed by the California Department of Water Resources this interactive web page can serve as a lesson resource for teaching students about climate change.

K-12 Learning Sequences by California Science Teacher Association External link opens in new window or tab.
A suite of K-12 learning sequences and lesson resources utilizing the California Next Generation Science Standards and Science Framework. These resources were developed by California science educators in collaboration with practicing climate scientists and piloted in classrooms by the teachers that developed them. They also underwent a peer review.

The Clean Collection External link opens in new window or tab.
Search the CLEAN Collection database to locate grade-specific lesson resources to teach students about climate change.

Energize Schools: A Program of SEI External link opens in new window or tab.
Grades: 9-12 project-based learning lesson resources that engage students in sustainability.

Global Oneness Project External link opens in new window or tab.
The Global Oneness Project offers lesson plans with films and videos of climate impacts around the world that can be used to teach global education, civics, and history social science lessons. The lessons are also available in Spanish.

History-Social Science Project (HSSP) Current Context Series External link opens in new window or tab.
The HSSP Current Context series was developed by the History Social Science Project and contains lesson resources for high school courses.

NASA: Global Climate Change External link opens in new window or tab.
This website offers classroom resources for teaching middle and high school students science lessons.

NASA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory External link opens in new window or tab.
Articles, data, lessons, and interactive components focused on our universe of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Project Phenomena Database External link opens in new window or tab.
A suite of lesson frameworks and lesson resources for each grade level utilizing the California Next Generation Science Standards, the Science Framework and California environmental phenomena. These resources were developed by California science educators in collaboration with practicing scientists and the San Diego County Office of Education.

Grade 10: EEI Industrial Revolution Lessons External link opens in new window or tab.
An EEI curriculum lesson unit where students analyze ways that natural resources, entrepreneurship, labor, and capital combined to produce key events and processes in the Industrial Revolution.

Grade 12: Government and Economy Lessons External link opens in new window or tab.
An EEI curriculum lesson unit where students focus on understanding the role of government in a free-market economy from the perspective of addressing environmental concerns.

Questions: Shannon Gordon | sgordon@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0190 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 23, 2019