Tools for teaching about climate change

Enrich your curriculum with videos, lessons, and hands on activities.  Designed by scientists at the University of Washington. 

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Summary of materials and suggested uses in classrooms from grades 4 thru introductory undergraduate.

  1. Simple Climate Model using Excel
  2. Exploring Historical Temperature Records
  3. NASA MERRA Circulation Model
  4. Understanding Paleoproxies using Ice Cores
  5. Terrarium Model of Earths’ Energy Balance
  6. Exploring the Biological Pump with primary literature and social media
  7. Explore Scientific Evidence for Anthropogenic Climate Change from IPCC reports
  8. ENSO (El Nino/Southern Oscillation) Investigation
  9. From Isotopes to Temperature, & Influences of Orbital Forcing on Ice Records
  10. Understanding the impact of Ocean Acidification on Oysters using published data
  11. “Glaciology and Erosion” OR The Glacial History of Puget Sound as seen through high-resolution data of local topography using Google Earth
  12. Understanding Landslides through Physical and Computer Models
  13. “Rain on Snow Flooding”: Data from a study site at Snoqualmie Pass, WA is used by students to predict how rain-on-snow flooding might change with climate change.
  14. “Presenting Science for Policy”: Designed for the college undergraduate classroom, students learn how to turn research into something upon which policy-makers can act.
  15. (NEW! Dec 2017) “Fish Kills in Hood Canal”: Designed for middle school students who are invited to investigate the phenomena of fish kills in Hood Canal (Puget Sound), integrating ideas from biology, chemistry, and physics in a marine context. A five part module that concludes with developing a conceptual model of why fish kills occur.
  16. NEW!! (Dec 2017) “Local Insights: Climate Change in Small-Town Alaska” Videos on ecosystems/food webs, salmon, and oceanography/glaciers, for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms. Local footage and local voices are used in the videos to encourage students to see the science of climate change from a different perspective and to realize that it does effect their lives outside the classroom.

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