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Climate Change Lesson Ideas for Teachers

Updated on November 6, 2014

Lesson plans and Homework Help for Teaching Climate Change

Melting glaciers, changing temperatures, wild weather, they are all part of our everyday life and teaching our children about the effects of climate change has never been more important.

Whether you are a teacher, a homeschooler or a parent trying to help with an assignment the resources on this page will help you help your children learn more about the environment and the effects of our lifestyles on our world.

image credit Fox Glacier New Zealand

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

Why does it matter if the glacier's melt?

The earth's glaciers contain most of the world's fresh water. Glaciers have always melted but as this earth gets warmer they are starting to melt more quickly. This makes the sea level rise which in turn presents risks for low lying islands and also for animals that live in these frozen environments.

By Ansgar Walk (photo taken by Ansgar Walk) via Wikimedia Commons

All but 100 of 1,100 glaciers researched are receding

What is climate change?

The Bouldert Glacier (USA)

The Boulder Glacier
The Boulder Glacier

This glacier retreated 450 m (1,480 ft) between 1987 to 2003 and provides an illustration of what is going on.

Image via Wikimedia commons

7 Things Kids Can Do To Help Slow Climate Change - We can all make a difference.

These sounds like little things and you might wonder how any little thing you can do will make a difference but if we all do it then they become BIG things.

  1. Make sure you turn off any lights when you leave the room.
  2. Don't leave your computer or phone charger plugged in when you are not using it.
  3. Turn your computer game console off when you are finished - leaving it on standby uses energy.
  4. Recycle all your garbage - help you parents by looking after the household recycling and getting the whole family to recycle.
  5. Ride your bike or walk more instead of always asking your parents to drive you everywhere.
  6. Make sure you turn off the taps properly and don't run the water while you brush your teeth.
  7. Don't accept a paper or plastic bag in a store unless you really need it.

Melting glaciers will impact our beautiful coral reefs by reducing the sunlight reaching them.

Green House Effect and Global Warming

Learning more about Melting Glaciers

Understanding the Greenhouse Effect

The Greenhouse Effect
The Greenhouse Effect

Image created by Pflatau used via Wikimedia commons

Watch Al Gore's film

The Maldives is in danger from Climate Change - Beautiful Islands like the Maldives could disappear.

The Maldives
The Maldives

image by Nevit Dilmen via Wikimedia Commons

The sea level has risen approx 20 mm per decade over the last 50 years

Do you know any great resources on teaching climate change? - Please share them here

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      6 years ago

      Great lens!


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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens, well done!

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      6 years ago

      YOu have covered a fair bit. This is an outstanding lens I have tweeted it to get the word out. Thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      I don't know of other resources, but I think you've provided a lot of good info here.


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