Climate Change Curriculum

Classroom Curriculum

  • The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is led by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Integrated Waste Management Board. The resulting standards-based curriculum for grades K-12 spans a variety of environmental education topics, including climate change.
  • The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn have partnered to create Changing Planet, a series of 13 videos and associated lesson plans about our planet's changing climate. These materials are especially useful for high school or college Earth Science classes.
  • The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has climate change and clean air resources for youth outreach and education.
  • The Lawrence Hall of Science has developed Global Systems Science, an earth science course for high-school students that includes climate change.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies have developed a Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit for Educators to help educators inside and outside the classroom teach middle school students about climate change and its impact on the environment and wildlife.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey provides Science Education Materials including resources that are matched to California content standards.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has a portal for educators with a wealth of energy resources including curriculum.
  • The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) network has an extensive database of environmental education resources (including curriculum and other classroom resources), as well as updates on the latest environmental education initiatives in the state.
  • The California Department of Education provides Environmental Education Resources, including grant information, curriculum, events, and information about state planning for environmental education.

Programs for Classrooms and Schools

  • The Alliance for Climate Education provides classroom and assembly presentations to high school students on climate change, and recognizes students and schools that are taking action on climate change through scholarships and grants.

Additional Resources

  • The California Air Resources Board provides climate change resources for kids, including fun climate activities and green tips, and a variety of curriculum resources sorted by grade level.
  • GlobalWarmingKids.net and ClimateChangeEducation.org feature additional resources for students and teachers interested in learning and teaching about climate change.
  • The U.S. EPA 's Teaching Center provides climate change and other resources for teachers and students.
  • The Climate Generation holds teacher training Summer Institutes that help teachers from around the country teach climate change curriculum to their students.