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Climate Change Resources for Students and Teachers

Our students face a future of increased global temperatures and rising sea levels. They have no option but to grapple with climate change's consequences and to consider what a more sustainable future looks like. However, climate change can feel complex and overwhelming, even for adults. That's why it's helpful to break things down into a set of causes, effects, and solutions. The tools on this list do just that. There are resources and lesson plans for digging into data on everything from CO2 emissions to population density, analyzing environmental and ecological systems, and understanding renewable energy and conservation. With these resources, students can reckon with the realities of climate change and feel like a better world is possible.

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California Academy of Sciences

Expert research and diverse, rich lessons inspire future scientists

Bottom line: A perfect companion to (or substitute for) the Academy, this site delivers highly interactive resources and research with a lot of depth.

Journey North

Long-standing citizen science site continues to inspire learners

Bottom line: Extensive resources can help kids collect, share, and analyze evidence about seasonal change.

Earth Rangers

Kid conservationist's paradise with great images, vids, animals galore

Bottom line: Great ecology lesson plans and videos are rich with engrossing animal goodies, but the accompanying games don't teach much science.

National Geographic Education

Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources

Bottom line: It's a wonderful resource for anyone looking to learn more about science, geography, ecology, current events -- basically, the world we live in.

Climate Kids - NASA's Eyes on the Earth

Kid-friendly, expert site explores key climate issues

Bottom line: A great launching point for engaging in accurate and timely climate change information.

Plan It Green: The Big Switch

Building sim integrates eco-friendly concepts into urban design

Bottom line: Game pace is slow, but it packs in a lot of relevant and rich learning content.

ARKive

Captivating catalog of biodiversity with great classroom resources

Bottom line: Powerful images and videos capture kids' attention and make them want to learn more.

JASON

Excellent immersion in science community; digital tools could do more

Bottom line: Despite a few shortcomings, it's a gem among science sites because of the way it brings professional science into classrooms.

BiomeViewer

World habitat app full of intriguing visual comparisons, useful data

Bottom line: This biome reference app helps students get local when understanding their planet Earth.

Earth-Now

Enticing display of climate data updated regularly

Bottom line: There's a lot of potential in this visually stimulating resource tool, but teachers will need to do some serious legwork to make the data meaningful.

EarthViewer

Earth's deep geologic history and real science data at your fingertips

Bottom line: An unbeatable Earth Science app for its data, scope, and potential for learning.

Enercities

Environmentally-minded city sim models sustainable building

Bottom line: It carves out a useful niche in a popular genre, showing how city planning, technological development, economics, and quality of life intersect with sustainability.

KQED Education

Great news and classroom resources support both teachers and students

Bottom line: With some organizational adjustments, the site could be an exceptional place for both kids and teachers to find educational inspiration.

NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet

Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy place

Bottom line: This is a one-stop shop for climate change info, from basic intro content to practical guides and raw data; good for middle schoolers and up.

NOVA Labs

Online science, mastered: exceptional content within meaningful tasks

Bottom line: Serious, sophisticated science engagement -- but be prepared to take some prep time to connect these labs with your classroom.

BioInteractive

High-quality multimedia brings biological research to life

Bottom line: Superb multimedia tools and lesson plans help kids explore biology through real-world examples.

Global Oneness Project

Dynamic multimedia resources explore life experiences around the world

Bottom line: Unique approach to incorporating global issues into the curriculum; monthly stories capture interdisciplinary topics.

Fate of the World: Tipping Point

Complex global-influence game in which players’ choices rule the world

Bottom line: Complex multi-issue game succeeds in teaching world politics and global development while building perspective and decision-making skills.

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