Teaching & Learning Resources
Understanding the science of climate change is important to adults and students alike. The web is rich in information about climate change, but the quality of information can be inconsistent. The following government websites are all very high quality and represent excellent first steps towards learning about climate change.
Climate Change Science Resources
- Climate Literacy (NOAA)—This site is rich in scientific content and additional resources, but may be a little technical for some.
- Climate Choices (NRC)—This site is very new and greatly influenced the Cool Science’s three main questions. The short videos are an excellent presentation of specific climate change science concepts.
- Global Climate Change (NASA)—The NASA site is vast and offers something for just about everyone with regards to climate change including research efforts, earth sciences, teaching resources, and videos.
- Cool Science Flyer (pdf)
Climate Change Focus Questions
The following questions can be used to promote learning and engage students with climate change science. Any one of these questions might be the beginning of a process that results in a artistic response to one of the three questions students must address.
- Where does the excess greenhouse gases come from?
- Why is the earth’s climate getting warmer?
- How will climate change impact Massachusetts?
- What is a carbon footprint?
- Why should we care about what happens to the polar ice caps?
- How does climate change affect the life of local birds?
- How does climate change affect local plants and trees?
- How does carbon dioxide gas help warm the planet?
- Why does the ocean become acidic with excess carbon dioxide in the air?
- Where does carbon dioxide in the air come from?
- How does burning fossil fuels create so much carbon dioxide?
- How do renewable energies help combat global warming?
- Why is taking the bus better for the environment than driving a car?
- Why is walking and biking better for the earth than driving?
- What food choices help fight the changing climate?
- Why do people argue about what to do about climate change?
- How does a tree help fight a changing climate?
- How might eating a cheeseburger contribute to global warming?
- Can an individual really help heal our changing climate?
- How does a changing climate impact our weather in Massachusetts?
- How will global warming change our weather in Massachusetts?
- Why can’t science be 100% accurate and correct all the time?