Teaching Resources

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“On the Air” Curriculum Units 1-7

The On the Air curriculum facilitates the understanding of air pollution by studying: Criteria Air Pollutants, the Air Quality Index, Ozone, Particulate Matter, the Health Effects of Air Pollution, Community Sources and Solutions of Air Pollution and Climate Change. Each unit consists of the following: activity description, curricular ties, time needed, learning objectives, materials needed (kit), teacher preparation, teacher background reading, teacher demonstration procedures, activity procedures, technology connections, student handout, student packets and student worksheets. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere Climate
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland Virginia District of Columbia
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A Beautiful World Starts With You

This activity booklet contains five pages of coloring and energy conservation activities from Energy Star and the EPA. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Art
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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Air Quality Index Toolkit for Teachers

This Toolkit provides teachers with easy-to-use and engaging lesson plans, additional activities, and other resources to teach students about the connections between air quality, health, weather, and other related science topics, as well as actions students can take to protect their health and reduce air pollution. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
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An Inconvenient Truth In The Classroom

Climate Classroom is a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) initiative that focuses on creating age- and developmentally appropriate curricula and projects that educate youth about the causes of and remedies for global warming. An Inconvenient Truth In the Classroom is the teen component of this initiative, built around the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It is designed to encourage students to analyze the science of global warming and its relevance to current events and their daily lives. The goal of the curriculum is to utilize the popularity of An Inconvenient Truth as a springboard for integrating climate education in high school classrooms. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Climate
  • Subject(s): Art, Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Build-a-Buoy with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office helps a range of students, from elementary school through high school, build buoys to introduce them to concepts behind observational platforms, to help connect them with their local ecosystem, and to help track measurements in that ecosystem. For older students, this project can enhance outdoor experiences that build upon the NOAA Chesapeake Exploration curriculum or other data-driven meaningful watershed educational experiences, and the data collected by the buoy can be uploaded to the web on sites such as National Geographic FieldScope. Students as young as kindergarteners can learn basic principles of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as marine navigation and observation, through Build-a-Buoy projects. They love this interactive, engaging activity. This is a great program for all age levels, be sure to check it out! Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Water Quality Monitoring Rivers and Streams
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

In this activity, students will calculate their household's carbon footprint using the US EPA's Personal Emissions Calculator and will compare the size of their carbon footprint with that of another classmate. In addition, students will be asked to consider the limitations of this online carbon emissions calculator. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Data, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
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Carbon Calculator

This resource is an interactive, online carbon calculator that was created for student use. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Website

Learn about a kit designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school grade level. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with six other federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USDA/Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management), developed the kit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become climate stewards. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate Wetlands Forests Population
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure

U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring climate learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources! This distance learning adventure provides an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs, aligned to national science education standards, which are gathered from 26 federal agency and NGO partners! The ClimateChangeLIVE electronic field trips are a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media! Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
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Cool School Challenge Program

The Cool School Challenge engages students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions school-wide. Students challenge individual classrooms to reduce their carbon emissions over a set period of time, and utilize a carbon calculator to evaluate progress. Best of all, because it's aligned to the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program, schools that complete the Challenge automatically qualify for a bronze level award through the Eco-Schools USA program! Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Multimedia
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