The best way to empower your students is to start now, weaving critical topics such as the climate crisis and social justice issues into the existing curriculum.
This site has a number of ideas for teachers in just about every subject area and grade level, but they’re meant as examples to open the door for you and your colleagues to come up with more! Continue reading “Your kids can’t wait for bureaucrats to approve a new curriculum!”
Ask students to create a drawing that could be used on a reusable grocery bag and promote awareness of global warming & climate change. These bags are being sold as a fundraiser to support environmental projects in the schools. We already have a 5th grade class who would like to use some of this money to start a pollinator garden at their school.
Continue reading “Student art & design”
Teachers: don’t forget to include positive stories, poetry, and art as part of your classroom!
The recent article, ‘Environmental Storytelling‘ tells us that, instead of discouragement, ‘stories with positive role models and which focus on the positive outcomes of solutions are much more likely to inspire action to solve it.’
“It made me want to flower bomb land and do something positive and I felt happier after reading it,” said one reader.
“I felt inspired by the way the characters behaved … [the story] made me think about what I could do.”
Explore the resources listed on this site:
See the original story on EcoWatch, December 2018.
We have made a few improvements to the free School GHG Calculator, including updating to newer emission factors released this year and providing more options for heating fuel. As before, it comes with complete instructions.
Doing a GHG inventory at your school is a great way to raise awareness and get students and teachers involved! Responsible high-school students can complete the entire process with minimal help, while middle-school students often require more direction. For elementary schools, the inventory can easily be done by the teachers—or you can involve local high-school students—a great opportunity for cross-age teaching!
To get your students involved in this critical issue, read the teacher guides and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request your free school GHG Calculator.
April 2018 was the 400th consecutive month of global temperatures above the 20th century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday.
This three-decade streak is not some fluke, NOAA scientists remarked.
“It’s mainly due to anthropogenic (human-caused) warming,” NOAA climatologist Ahira Sanchez told CNN. “Climate change is real, and we will continue to see global temperatures increase in the future.”
Read full article on EcoWatch…
A few new resources you might find useful:
- Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution, by Peter Kalmus. New Society Publishers, 2017.
- Arctic Report Card 2017. NOAA [National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration].
- Keeling Curve – Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 continue to climb, so don’t forget to use the updated curve published by Scripps Oceanographic Institute. As of December 30: 407.35 ppm. A new animated version is also available at the same site.
- ‘Does Climate Change Have A Place In The English Classroom?’ in Council Chronicle, published by National Council of Teachers of English (December 2017).
This article is also available on the authors’ website [PDF].
- English Teachers Concerned about Climate Change blog. Recent posts include ‘Climate Change and the Imagination’, ‘Climate Change and Critical Media Literacy’, and ‘Studying Censorship of Language Related to Climate Change’.
Two new resources for those helping students explore the impacts of global warming & climate change:
- Fourth National Climate Assessment – stand-alone report of the state of science relating to climate change and its physical impacts, prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).
- Bill McKibben. Radio Free Vermont. Penguin-Random House (2017). – Bill McKibben’s new novel follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic.
I’d also like to mention the ‘Climate Change Mixer‘, an important (but not new) resource from A People’s Curriculum for the Earth. (Rethinking Schools, 2014).
The new Climate Science Special Report confirms what most people have known for years: that climate change is happening, that it’s largely the result of human activity, and the impacts will be critical. (Catastrophic might be a better word.)
The complete report, executive summary, and individual chapters are all available as downloads from the climate science website.
Another great issue from Rethinking Schools! This title article shows that even primary students can understand that climate deniers are wrong. Check out the magazine and A People’s Curriculum for the Earth…
We have a duty to provide safe spaces for in-depth discussion of climate & sustainability for children of all ages—and not only in science classes!