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Here are our favorite climate education resources to explore beyond Our Climate Our Future.

Mapping Air Pollution in Oakland, CA

Air pollution doesn't affect all people equally. In this NGSS-aligned lesson, students learn to make a heat map by drawing contour lines of air pollution in Oakland, CA and examining how air pollution affects some communities more strongly than others. 

Download the lesson plan: PDF




Have the Talk: Climate Conversations

Research shows that having a one-on-one conversation with a friend or family member can have a significant impact on each person's views on the subject. Support your students to have a conversation about climate change with a parent or other adult through this 45-minute lesson plan that guides students through the steps of having an open, listening-based conversation. 

Download the lesson plan: PDF



Analyzing the Rise of U.S. Wildfires

In this activity, students graph the acres burned by wildfires across the U.S. by year and compare the trend to that of rising temperatures. Students can literally connect the dots between climate change and increased risk of wildfires. This activity takes one 45-minute class period and is suitable for middle or high school grades. Activity includes a teacher answer key.

Download the lesson plan: PDF


Hope After Hurricanes 

For classrooms whose communities have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 
The activity allows students to share their experiences and emotions and gives students the opportunity to exercise solidarity by connecting with youth across the country.

Download the lesson plan: PDF




Our Climate Our Future Lesson Plans

These three hands-on lessons are specifically designed for use with Our Climate Our Future. All lessons are hands-on activities that require minimal materials, can be easily done in a single class period and are aligned to NGSS. 



Discussion Guide

Our Climate Our Future brings up lots of real-world topics and exciting ideas that will get the conversation in your classroom flowing. Use this classroom discussion guide as you go through Our Climate Our Future to deepen students' learning. 


    ACE Ocean Acidification Animations

    • Ocean Acidification — Check out this three-minute animation that gets to the heart of the problem of ocean acidification in a fun, dynamic way your students
      will love.
    • Ocean Chemistry — Dig even deeper into the chemical reactions that drive the process of ocean acidification. Chemistry has never been so cool! 


    ACE Science Reports & Student Worksheets

    ACE Science Reports are short, easy-to-read articles on a range of climate science topics, all with accompanying student worksheets.


    ACE Project Plans

    These solutions-focused project plans make for great action-oriented lessons for your class. Organize a Walk and Roll Day, reduce vehicle idling at your school, and more.


    Climate and Energy Lesson Plans from CLEAN

    CLEAN is a database of over 600 of the best climate and energy lesson plans online, all vetted by educators and scientists for quality and accuracy.

    California Education and the Environment Initiative

    California EEI has hundreds of K-12 lesson plans, information texts and beautiful maps from National Geographic. EEI units teach critical skills in science and history-social science using environmental topics as a lens. All content supports Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Content is available for download for teachers outside of California as well. California teachers can attend an EEI training and order hard copies of the curriculum for free.


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