LINKS FOR EDUCATORS
Facing the Future | Sustainability & Global Issues Resources …Facing the Future, global sustainability curriculum for educators.
The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard…is a 20 minute video that exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
Most experiments and classroom activities below are designed for middle- high school students, but may be modified for individual grade level classroom use.
Plugged In To CO2…With a Kill-A-Watt Meter, students investigate household electronics and appliances, discovering how much energy each uses and how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is released to produce that energy.
How Much CO2 Do You Spew?…Students analyze the energy consumption of a hypothetical household to determine the amount of CO2 they are adding to the atmosphere each year.
Using the Very Very Simple Climate Model in the Classroom…Through a simple online model, students learn about the relationship between the average global temperature and carbon dioxide emissions while predicting temperature change over the 21st Century.
Carbon Mitigation Initiative: Stabilization Wedges-Princeton University…The Stabilization Wedges Game is a team-based exercise that teaches players about the scale of the greenhouse gas problem, plus technologies that already exist to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions and get us off the path toward dramatic and damaging climate change.
Traveling Nitrogen Game …students play the role of nitrogen atoms traveling through the nitrogen cycle
Glaciers: Then and Now – Image Pairing Activity….students compare photographs of glaciers to observe how Alaskan glaciers have changed over the last century
Model a Moving Glacier …Students model a moving glacier (with flubber) and conduct experiments with it.
Looking Into Surface Albedo…demonstrating how the color of materials that cover the Earth affects the amounts of solar radiation absorbed.
Thermal Expansion of Water and Sea Level Rise Activity…discover how thermal expansion of might affect sea level.
Project Budburst…share your observations of phenophases such as first leaf, first flower, and first fruit of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses in a national phenology and climate change field campaign for citizen scientists.
More Great Educator Resources – Activities from the Educators and Scientists at UCAR…hands-on science classroom experiments and activities that meet national science standards.
“The thinking that got us into this mess is not likely to get us out. We need a new mindset. Let me paraphrase a comment by environmentalist Paul Hawken in a 2009 college commencement address. In recognizing the enormity of the challenge facing us, he said: First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we need to do it. And then we ask if it is possible.”