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Climate Change Connections Curriculum

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and its Eco-Schools USA program believe educators play a key role in developing a climate-literate citizenry. With climate change being one of the most significant environmental issues of our time, young adults need to fully understand the essential principles of Earth’s systems and the impact of climate change on them. Students also need to be exposed to “real” science that is experiential and engaging, providing them with the ability to communicate about climate change and make informed decisions about their actions. Read More

Science Friday Educational Resources

Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Science Friday offers free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for parents and educators. Read More

A National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability

This plan represents the perspectives of the leading minds and the strongest champions of Education for Sustainability, together with one voice committing to a series of actions that will ensure that by 2040, every student graduating from a U.S. K-12 school will be equipped to shape a more sustainable future. Read More

Climate of Change: Interactions and Feedbacks between Water, Air and Ice

In this two to three week module, students explore short-term climate variability resulting from atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions. The module promotes awareness of past and contemporary cultures and regions strongly affected by permanently altered or increasingly uncertain climates as students consider human adaptation to climate fluctuations. Students investigate the dynamics and impacts associated with climate variability by examining and analyzing atmosphere, ocean, and ice data; completing a series of readings; and engaging in group discussions. Materials and teaching descriptions for gallery walks, interactive discussions, group work, and lab exercises are provided. Read More

Relative Dating-Telling Time Using Fossils

In this activity, students will use fossil range charts to help them understand the concept of relative dating. An optional teacher-directed activity will help students learn about fossil range charts. Then they will graph a range chart for ammonites, a marine group of organisms that looked like nautilus’s and went extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs. They will then use the range chart to determine the geologic age for several ‘rocks’ and will determine which rocks will be most useful for oil companies looking to drill for oil. Grade Level: 7-9. Read More

Teacher Resources for Introducing Urban Stormwater Quality Concepts to the Classroom

Water use school activity plans aligned to the Colorado Standards for Science, Geography and Civics; includes a 19-page curriculum on urban stormwater including four lesson plans with activities aligned to the Colorado Standards for Science, Geography, and Civics. Read More

Teaching Guides

Multiple series of teaching guides on environmental topics. Read More

Curricular Units and Educational Materials

NESEA’s K-12 Education Department offers several educational materials including curriculum guides, hands-on activities, and other resources. Some units are free and downloadable through prior grant funding. Read More

GM Education for Grades K-12

Lesson plans, meeting national standards, on topics such as fuel cells, energy, technology, environment, vehicles, and E85 ethanol. Read More

Resources for Teachers

From our main Teaching Resources section you can access teaching modules developed by the Council and a variety of classroom materials ranging from links to all-around great sites for kids to practice exams and programs connecting classrooms around the world. Also included on that page: AP labs and activities the Council developed with a group of experienced environmental science teachers, in collaboration with the College Board. In The Teacher Exchange we post labs, class notes, and teaching ideas contributed by science teachers. We invite you to share your own labs and resources. Contribute your own questions to our Environmental Science Testbank and generate classroom-ready exams. Read More


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