Additional Web Resources

The resources listed in this section provide a wealth of climate change information for students and educators. These resources can help individuals and schools increase awareness and knowledge of the issue and find actions they can take to be part of the global climate change solution.

Students

Climate Change

Climate Kids: NASA's Eyes on the Earth
Travel back in time to learn about climate change or fly along with a NASA satellite to check on the planet's vital signs. You can also view climate videos and play various games. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

SciJinks
Explore the world of weather through games, videos, and downloadable posters, bookmarks, and more. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Study Hall–Resources for Students
Still have unanswered questions about climate change? Visit the Study Hall Web site, and send your questions to a real climate scientist. (U.S. Department of Energy)

Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World with NOAA
This free activity book will introduce you to the principles of climate science, help you learn about the Earth’s climate system, the factors that drive and change it, the impacts of those changes, and what you can do to explore, understand, and protect our Earth.

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Learn how you can help fight climate change while making money with a green career or meeting friends with a green volunteering opportunity. (National Wildlife Federation)

Energy

ENERGY STAR Kids
Find out why energy efficiency is so important to addressing climate change and what you can do to help. (ENERGY STAR, a joint program of EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy)

Kids Saving Energy
Learn about renewable energy, and get tips to save electricity in your home. Then test your energy knowledge with fun games and quizzes. (U.S. Department of Energy)

Learning About Fossil Fuels
Listen to Dr. H. Carbon explain how coal, oil, and other fossil fuels contribute to climate change. (U.S. Department of Energy)

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Be Waste Aware (PDF) (2 pp, 192K)
Throwing away less stuff is one of the easiest ways to help prevent climate change. Learn how. (EPA)

Let's Go Green Shopping
Become a green shopper by learning to buy products that are good for the planet! (EPA)

The Life Cycle of a CD/DVD (PDF) (2 pp, 413K)
Find out how a CD is made, transported to you, and disposed of—and find out how each step in the process affects the environment. (EPA)

The Life Cycle of a Cell Phone (PDF) (2 pp, 651K)
Learn how a cell phone is made and how you can help protect the environment by recycling yours. (EPA)

The Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball (PDF) (2 pp, 4.3MB)
You wouldn't believe how much energy and how many natural resources it takes to make a soccer ball! (EPA)

Pack a Waste–Free Lunch
Get out of the lunch rut. Visit this site to learn how you can pack a more environmentally friendly lunch. (EPA)

Educators

Teaching Activities and Tools

Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World with NOAA
This free activity book will introduce students to the principles of climate science, help them learn about the Earth’s climate system, the factors that drive and change it, the impacts of those changes, and what they can do to explore, understand, and protect our Earth

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Networkexit EPA
The CLEAN project, a part of the National Science Digital Library, provides a reviewed collection of lesson plans and other resources along with the tools to enable an online community to share and discuss teaching about climate and energy science.

Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators
Learn effective ways to teach middle school students how climate change is affecting our nation's natural environment and what can be done about it. (U.S. Global Change Research Program, which comprises 13 federal agencies and departments)

The Quest for Less
Discover hands–on lesson plans and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools that teach students about reducing waste. Every product we use has a life cycle, and every step—from manufacturing to disposal—leads to greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, preventing waste and reusing everyday materials and resources can help slow climate change. (EPA)

CLIMGRAPH: Educational Graphics on Global Climate Change and the Greenhouse Effect
Find visual aids for your climate change lessons with this comprehensive collection of climate change graphics. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

USGS Education
Discover lesson plans and teaching aids such as maps and games to help you instruct students about a variety of environmental issues, including climate change. Resources are available for grades K–6, grades 7–12, and undergraduate education. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Teachers' Lounge: Lesson Plans
Check out the teacher resources on this website to find weather and climate lesson plans for students in grades 3-12. (U.S. Department of Energy)

My NASA DATA
Use these online lesson plans to guide your students in exploring climate change topics using real-life measurements. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

SciJinks
Bolster your students' knowledge of climate change science with these weather-related classroom activities, science projects, and more. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Cool School Challengeexit EPA
Rise to the challenge! Get all the tools and coaching tips you'll need to reduce school–wide emissions of greenhouse gases. (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and Puget Sound Energy)

Resources/Professional Development

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences
Read this concise brochure to reinforce your climate science knowledge and enhance your lessons. (U.S. Global Change Research Program, which comprises 13 federal agencies and departments)

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
Use this climate education portal to find the best climate science resources for your lesson plans and activities. (U.S. Department of Education)

Global Warming Frequently Asked Questions
Enhance your climate change knowledge with this list of frequently asked questions. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

NASA Science for Educators
Formal and informal educators alike will find plenty of resources for students of all ages in this earth science catalog. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Earth Observatory
Read about climate change, view striking images of the Earth, and examine cutting–edge atmospheric maps. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Education Programs
Find science classroom resources, and learn about national science programs and competitions. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy)

Partnerships and Campaigns

Green Power Partnership
Learn how to join EPA's Green Power Partnership and get expert advice, tools and resources, and recognition for your efforts to buy green power. (EPA)

National Idle–Reduction Campaign
Discover how to protect both the planet and student health by reducing school bus idling. (EPA)

Make a Difference in Your School: A How–to Guide for Engaging Students in Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction (PDF) (34 pp, 1.6MB)
Plan a “Make a Difference Day” that inspires students to reduce waste and conserve resources. Every product has a life cycle, and every step—from manufacturing to disposal—leads to greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, reducing, reusing, and recycling materials can help slow climate change. (EPA)

Tools

ENERGY STAR for K–12 School Districts
Learn how to implement ENERGY STAR products in your school to cut costs and save energy. (ENERGY STAR, a joint program of EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy)

Portfolio Manager
Track energy use across your school or district to identify cost–effective energy efficiency investments and strategies. (ENERGY STAR, a joint program of EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy)

Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools
Use free tools, such as budget planners and program templates, to reduce waste in your school or district. Every product has a life cycle, and every step—from manufacturing to disposal—leads to greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, reducing, reusing, and recycling materials can help slow climate change. (EPA)



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