Climate Lessons Update – April 2019

Letter to Climate Change Educators

We have ANOTHER new curriculum resource for you!

Happy Spring! The snow is almost melted here in Minneapolis and we are excited about warmer temperatures. We are also excited to release our second Humanities Module — Water Scarcity and Perseverance: A Humanities Module co-produced with Lowell School!

This standards-based, interdisciplinary humanities module uses historical fiction (A Long Walk to Water) to tell the story of Nya and Salva and bring the discussion of water scarcity to the English Language Arts, social studies, and science classroom. Students read the book with guidance from literary worksheets; research the causes and implications of the war in Sudan through the lens of geography, economics, civics, and history; and learn about water management and desertification in science.

You can download this new resource for free from our website!

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Not only do we have this great resource for educators, but we also have a special professional development opportunity coming up for humanities teachers! Join us for our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in Washington, D.C. for three days of hands-on activities, field trips, and opportunities to see how climate change fits into your subject area. Registration is open, and we also have scholarships thanks to our Teach Climate Teachers Scholarship Fund!

Jenna Totz and Megan Van Loh
Climate Change Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

Earth Day is coming!

Get ready with our Earth Week Action Toolkit. With your students, plan some activities for your school to participate in. This Toolkit is a resource to jumpstart your creativity.

#TeachClimate Network

Join us on April 16th when we discuss Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush. The #TeachClimate Network is a fun and simple way to talk with other educators about climate change education and to discuss climate change fiction and non-fiction books. We meet monthly online via Zoom. Sign up to receive one chapter from the book via email.

Will Steger’s Next Solo Expedition

Our Founder, Will Steger, is currently on another Solo Expedition in the Barren Lands of Canada. Last year, we followed along with Will and created a Story Map with his daily dispatches, lessons to do with your students, and reflection questions. This year you can listen to Will’s daily dispatches here. Happy trails, Will!

Summer Institute

Looking for summer PD? Join us in Washington D.C. this August for our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. You will receive 20 hours of continuing education units, have the opportunity to earn two graduate credits, and your registration fee could be paid for by a scholarship. Find out more, register, or apply for a scholarship.


Class of 0000 Campaign

Scientists say we have to get to zero net emissions as soon as possible to stop catastrophic climate change. So this spring, in the largest student speakout of this era, high school and college students are organizing a graduation takeover. Grad speakers across America will recite a youth-written pledge within their commencement speech in a nationwide stunt. Help your students join the Class of 0000 in demanding 0000 emissions with 0000 excuses. Because we have 0000 time left. Find everything you need to help spread the word in the Class of 0000 Media Kit from the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE).

How do you choose climate change resources?

A correspondent from The AP is looking for educators who have navigated the sea of climate change resources out there. His piece is exploring the range of instructional materials available on climate change and how teachers sort through it all to find stuff they can use that is backed by sound science. If you are interested in talking with him, please email

Generation 180 Solar Map

Join the thousands of schools switching to solar power across the country! Use this map from Generation 180 to find schools near you that are already powered by the sun and add your solar-powered school if it isn’t on the map already. You can also download The Solar Schools Campaign Toolkit that provides you with step-by-step guidance on how to advocate for solar at your schools.

Weather PD from AMS

Enhance your knowledge of Earth system science and earn free graduate credit through American Meteorological Society Education’s teacher professional development programs. Over 22,000 teachers have boosted their STEM curriculum and impacted millions of students across the nation through these initiatives!

What We’re Reading

We’re reading Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore to get ready for our next #TeachClimate Network meeting on Tuesday, April 16th. Sign up now!

Take another look at this incredible blog about A Long Walk to Water from #TeachClimate Network educator, Betsy Wilkening.

Stories from the Field

We just finished a 10-day Zero Waste Challenge at the office! Read about why we did it and try it with your students!

Moment of Inspiration

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at four school strikes in a week.

Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has crisscrossed the continent speaking at rallies in four countries in just eight days in a bid to spur politicians into action.



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