The home of what teachers need to know before they hit the classroom.

Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
28 April 2014 03:34 PM
#Grade9-12
Climate Change: Science and Solutions
This is a free book available in two formats: Portable Document Format [PDF], which is optimised for reading on a computer screen;and eBook format, which is optimised use with mobile and specific eReader devices” (lifted from the site). Various authors contribute providing rich information, maps, charts and photographs.
Chapter 5: Adaption: reduce risk, gaining opportunity
Chapter 6: Adapting to heatwaves and coastal flooding
Chapter 7: Adapting agriculture to climate change
Chapter 11: Responding to Climate Change

http://www.csiro.au/[…]/Climate-Change-Book.aspx
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
28 April 2014 03:38 PM
Impacts of Climate Change: Fact Sheets

http://www.nccarf.edu.au/content/impacts-climate-change
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
05 May 2014 01:00 PM
Agriculture and a Changing Climate (CarbonKids) - CSIRO
http://www.csiro.au/resources/CarbonKids-Agriculture
“This 36-page unit of work introduces students to the science of climate change with a focus on how climate change will affect agriculture in Australia. The unit provides: background information for teachers; a large number of activities including internet research, classroom debates and experiments; as well as scientific resources such as maps of Australia and case studies. .. Topics: climate change, greenhouse gases and effects, agriculture, agricultural production, farming systems”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
05 May 2014 02:18 PM
CarbonKids - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

http://www.csiro.au/[…]/CarbonKids-Resource.aspx

CarbonKids is an extensive resource developed by Angela Colliver who developed the highly successful Reef Guardians program in North Queensland for schools and local councils. Units include main ideas, key understandings, key terms, teacher notes, references and a resource list. The structure involves tuning in, preparing to find out, finding out, sorting out, going further, making connections, taking action and reflection. Registering as a whole school receives additional support including a school visit to assist with professional development, access to workshops and additional integrated units and resources. It is linked to AuSSI (Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative).
Sample topics: From Socket to Source, Carbon Chemistry, Powering into the Future
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
19 May 2014 04:53 PM
#Grade11-12
ACS Climate Science Toolkit

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/climatescience.html

“Global climate change, whether a result of natural variability or of human activity, is a vital issue for life on Earth and involves many processes and concepts related to chemistry. Engaging with this issue in deliberative discourse with colleagues and others requires understanding the fundamental science that determines Earth’s climate. This fundamental science is the core content of the ACS Climate Science Toolkit” (lifted from site). Topics include Energy Balance and Planetary Temperatures, Atmospheric Warming, Greenhouse Gases, Oceans, Ice and Rocks, References and Resources and Climate Science Narratives.
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
19 May 2014 04:59 PM
#Grade9-12
Climate Change Connections and Solutions

http://r4r.ca/[…]/climate-change-connections-solutions-gr-9-12

“The 2-week unit begins with an introduction to climate change. In week one, a foundation is laid for understanding some of the forces behind climate change. Students first explore the basic scientific phenomena related to climate change, beginning with the carbon cycle and the greenhouse effect and conclude with an analysis of different fuel types. The goal of the second week is to deepen the students’ understanding of climate change and its connections to various social, economic, and environmental concerns. By the end of this unit, students will understand and be able to communicate complex and interconnected themes related to climate change”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
19 May 2014 05:13 PM
Learn: Atmospheric Science Explorers: Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere

http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1.htm

“The site provides background information and supporting classroom teaching materials. The content focus is climate change and issues related to both stratospheric and tropospheric ozone. There are seven sections, each with activities for classroom use. Each section provides background information, general learning concepts, and a list of activities”: Introduction to the Atmosphere, Introduction to Ozone, Introduction to Climate, Stratospheric Ozone, The “Greenhouse Effect”, Tropospheric Ozone and Global Climate Change. Before starting activities, “you are encouraged to read the Overview and the background material provided in each section’ to gain a broad introduction to the science found in the module”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
19 May 2014 05:16 PM
Teaching Climate Change

http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/climate_lit.html

 “CLEAN's primary effort is to steward a collection of educational resources around energy and climate topics …including learning activities, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments, that addresses climate and energy literacy. Each resource undergoes a rigorous review by multiple practicing educators and climate and energy scientists” (lifted from site). Topics include Climate is Complex, Climate is Life, Climate is Variable, Humans Affect Climate, Climate Change has Consequences and Humans can take Action.
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 12:33 PM
Eco-Schools Foundation for Environmental Education - Foundation for Environmental Education

http://www.eco-schools.org/

“This international programme aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning… This programme promotes sustainable development through environmental education (formal school education, training of staff and general awareness raising). Each school follows a seven step change process and empowers their young people to lead processes and actions wherever they can” (lifted from site). These are Eco-Schools Committee, Environmental Review, Action Plan, Monitor and Evaluate, Curriculum Work, Inform and Involve and Produce an Eco-Code. Themes include climate change, energy, water, waste, nature and biodiversity, lifestyles and transport. Detailed support material available. It is ‘the largest sustainable schools programme in the world”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 12:34 PM
Cool the Earth website -created by a non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay

http://cooltheearth.org

Although this program is available to schools in the USA, you can still access the resources. It provides an excellent model of international innovation, co-learning, action and a partnership approach involving parent volunteers. Click on How It Works (left hand side) and take the tour if you are interested in viewing and adapting the program. “The program has been responsible for motivating over 45,000 energy-saving actions to be taken by over 27,000 school children and family members—eliminating 37 million pounds of carbon from the atmosphere”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 12:34 PM
read Lightly - Steps Towards a Greener Future

 

treadlightly.tigweb.org/

 

“This site contains a toolkit containing interdisciplinary lesson plans to help students understand and assess the environmental impact of their consumption patterns; with access to links to online resources, virtual classrooms to collaborate with others and video conferences to connect around the world. It provides a very detailed guide, Climate Change Youth Guide to Action, and multiple pathways for students to engage and extend beyond the classroom, such as Tread Lightly Challenge, Low Carbon Lunch and Imprints Art Collection”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 12:36 PM
Climate educator guide, activity 5:investments in forest carbon

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/[…]/activity5

“This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and a student activity about identifying the valuable benefits, such as carbon sequestration, provided by forests. The resource has five tabs, four of which are relevant. The first tab provides information about policies and initiatives designed to protect and assign value to forests as carbon sinks, and the second provides an activity in which students identify the ways people value forests and analyse a case study about establishing a carbon market in Guatemala. The fourth tab identifies elements of the activity that can be used for assessment, while the fifth provides links to resources, including the case study, a video and a radio program… Topics: carbon, carbon cycle, forests, ecological sustainability, environmental impact, marketing, carbon capture and storage, emissions trading, environmental management”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 12:38 PM
Mitigation Remaining impacts from fishing - The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/outlook-for-the-reef/

“This resource about the impacts of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is provided on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) website. The introduction explains that fishing is the principal extractive use of the Great Barrier Reef targeting a range of species including fish, sharks, crabs and prawns, with commercial, recreational, local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and charter fishing supported. The resource provides information about the current state and trends, vulnerability, management actions and implications for communities. The resource lists the key risks of fishing for the coral reef ecosystem and emphasises responsible fishing practices and ecological sustainability. It also highlights the connection of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the Great Barrier Reef, with fishing being an important part of local cultures and traditions of caring for country… Topics: fishing industry, coral reefs, food web, habitats, environmental stewardship, environmental management, Indigenous Australians, native title, biodiversity, reasoning”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 12:40 PM
Do the Green Thing.

http://www.dothegreenthing.com/

This site focuses on seven things that you can do for a greener life: walk the walk, stay grounded, less waste, easy on the meat, heat appropriately, unplug and stick to what you’ve got. There are also videos, lessons plans and curricula inspirations.
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 12:41 PM
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation:

http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/

“In 408 schools Australia-wide, around 50,000 children are enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food” (lifted from site).

One example:

http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/[…]/window-on-the-world

“This activity is designed to facilitate close observation of the natural environment by students. It begins with instructions for one way of making a 'window' from natural materials, followed by a worksheet that guides students to document evidence of insect life, of plant life and traces of past seasons, and of soil, sand and gravel. These activities can be used to initiate ideas for an inquiry... Topics: ecosystems, scientific inquiry, observations (data)”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:12 PM
Cool Australia: Toolbox -

http://coolaustralia.org/

This site contains video clips, documentaries, images, articles, stories and news for topics including climate change, consumption, biodiversity and energy.

All grades: Early years; Foundation; Year 1 & 2; Year 3 & 4; Year 5 & 6; Year 7 & 8; Year 9 & 10.

Some fabulous resources. Some video content seem more suited to older ages than specified.
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:47 PM
Eyes on the Earth - NASA

http://eyes.jpl.nasa.gov/earth/download.html

 

“Explore a 3D visualization of Earth's vital signs, including recent data for air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sea level, ice and water”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:50 PM
Teaching Energy - Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/energy_lit.html

“CLEAN's primary effort is to steward a collection of educational resources around energy and climate topics …including learning activities, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments, that addresses [sic] climate and energy literacy. Each resource undergoes a rigorous review by multiple practicing educators and climate and energy scientists” (lifted from site). Topics include energy as a physical quantity, energy in physical processes, energy in biological processes, energy sources, energy decisions, energy use, energy and society, energy and an awareness quiz.
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:51 PM
Worldwatch Institute

http://www.worldwatch.org/

“The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization known around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:52 PM
Primary Connections –Australian Academy of Science

http://primaryconnections.org.au/curriculum-resources/
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:52 PM
Energy Teaching Resources - NSW Environment and Heritage (Sustainable Schools NSW)

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/[…]/energyteach.htm

This site provides links to a variety of resources for use with students “to help them understand what energy is, ways in which it impacts on the environment and energy efficiency measures they can take. The [linked] sites are provided by a variety of government, not for profit and commercial organisations”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:52 PM
Energy- An Ideal Revision Lesson for all Young People - eschooltoday

http://www.eschooltoday.com/[…]/solar-energy.html

Provides information and suggested lessons on renewable energy (solar, biomass, wind, hydro and geothermal). Click More Stuff! and below, in Suggested lessons find access to non-renewable content: coal, petroleum, natural gas, propane and uranium.
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:53 PM
Our Planet :Teaching Resources for Climate Change – teachers and The Low Carbon Partnership-UK

http://www.ourplanet.org.uk[…]anet-teaching-resources.asp

This resource “provides educational materials on renewable energy resources: what they are, how they work and why we need them. The package particularly focuses on wind and solar energy, but also provides information on other renewable energy sources. It also addresses the causes and effects of climate change and the need to reduce energy consumption” (lifted from site).

Provided are teacher’s notes, lesson plans, video clips, power point presentations, worksheets, cartoons and quizzes.

Stages: 1 (Y1-2 ),2 (Y3-6), 3 (Y7-9), 4 (Y 10-11 )
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:53 PM
Clean energy -Clean Energy Council http://forteachersforstudents.com.au/[…]/lesson-ideas.php

“This teacher resource provides a set of worksheets about renewable, low-carbon-emission energy resources. The worksheets are designed to accompany the suggested classroom activities and lessons from the Clean Energy Council. The worksheets include a Venn diagram, KWL chart, clues for a game and practical activities, and are available in PDF, printable html and SMART notebook formats. The linked lesson ideas can be accessed through a tab at the top of the page… Topics: renewable energy, non-renewable energy, energy conversion, electricity, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, data collection, experiments”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:54 PM
Centre for Ecoliteracy –non-profit organisation USA

http://www.ecoliteracy.org/issues

“This is part of the Centre for Ecoliteracy site which provides great overviews for educators for K-12 : Issues include contemporary resources including essays and blogs on biodiversity, climate change, consumption and waste, ecosystem restoration, energy, environmental justice, food and farming, habitat loss, health and nutrition, land use, oceans, pollution, population, resource depletion, toxics and water”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:54 PM
nvestigating-Microclimates - CSIRO - CarbonKids

http://www.csiro.au/[…]/CarbonKids-Investigating-Microclimates.aspx

“This PDF document is a complete teacher resource for completing a unit of work investigating microclimates in the student's local environment. The investigations enable students to discover how different elements within the climate vary. The unit of work follows inquiry-based learning principles, includes many thinking tools and is easily adapted to most learning and teaching styles… Topics: climate change, microclimate, global warming, ecosystems”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:54 PM
Rainforest Alliance www.rainforest-alliance.org/

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/[…]/lesson3

“This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities about the dependence of plants and animals on each other and the environment for survival. The resource has seven tabs, six of which are relevant. The first four set out the steps in the suggested pedagogical sequence and include students investigating what is necessary for their own survival, the interdependence of bromeliads and frogs, sustainable land management, and the different ways people think about land and its resources. The sixth provides an assessment rubric while the seventh provides links to resources including a storybook, species profiles, a slide show and information about Ecuador… Topics: rainforests, bromeliads, frogs, ecosystems, ecological sustainability, environmental impact, vegetation, habitats, map (geographical location), data collection”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:55 PM
Wild backyards: plan a study - Queensland Museum Network

Teacher guide http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/microsites/wild/index.asp

“This is a web page produced by the Queensland Museum about how to plan a biodiversity assessment within a school or local community, which includes an embedded 4-minute introductory video. The video is supported by links to a transcript of the video, a Backyard explorer leader's guide, a Backyard explorer user's guide, and a data collation sheet. The Backyard explorer leader's guide includes key information on biodiversity assessment and a range of curriculum and assessment resources. All resources can be printed…Topics: habitats, stewardship, wildlife conservation, data observations and collection, hypotheses, animal reproduction, research questions, classification, food webs, soil types, human impact, quality of life, environmental management”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:55 PM
Biodiversity: - (CarbonKids)- CSIRO

 

http://www.csiro.au/resources/CarbonKids

“This PDF document is a complete teacher resource for completing a unit of work concerning the effects of climate change on biodiversity. Students investigate their local biodiversity, identify its values and prioritise community actions to respond to the threat to biodiversity from a changing climate. The unit of work follows inquiry-based learning principles, includes many thinking tools and is easily adapted to most learning and teaching styles… Topics: climate change, global warming, sustainable development, biodiversity, biomes, environmental conservation, food webs, generic variation”
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook says:
06 November 2014 01:56 PM
Classroom Antarctica - Australian Antarctic Division

http://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/climate

“A very comprehensive, easy to navigate site to stimulate critical thinking about issues such as climate change, tourism, whaling, fishing, mineral exploitation, resource management and the impact of humans on the environment. Each unit (continent, exploring, living, working, nature, climate, international, stewardship) has a selection of activities to generate applications for science, mathematics and studies of society and environment. These can be easily adjusted to meet learning objectives, and a range of abilities and interests. ‘Additional Resources’ offers reference, fiction and poetry book titles, music, sounds, websites, maps and documents… Topics: waste management in the Antarctic, Annual Ice Cycle, Careers in the Antarctic, Sculpture, The Future”