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Education Hub

The resources you and your school need to effectively teach climate change.

These comprehensive resources are built around the official NJ Student Learning Standards and expand on the work of the New Jersey Department of Education.

Teaching Resources

Search our database by keywords, resource type, grade level, subject, NJ Student Learning Standards, and more. All resources have been reviewed by a scientist and teacher team.

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  • In this Spanish-language video, students will join Pedro, the penguin, in learning about tornadoes.
  • Students will learn about the signs that a tornado may occur, what to do in the event, and how people are alerted to take cover.

Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Science,Health
Resource Type Videos

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  • In this video, Pedro, the penguin, has been evacuated from his home and must stay in an emergency shelter.
  • Students will see how a shelter is set up, learn about volunteers, and gain strategies for dealing with their fear in stressful situations like this.
  • This video is in Spanish and there is another version of the video in English HERE.
Grade 3-5 | k-2
Subject Social Studies,Health
Resource Type Videos

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  • This video features Pedro the penguin and his friend singing a song to inform students about what to do if there is a power outage.
  • Students will learn the definition of a power outage, when they need to evacuate, and what else they must do to prepare.
  • Teachers can access the English version of this video HERE.
Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Science,Health
Resource Type Videos

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  • In this video, Pedro, the penguin, has been evacuated from his home and must stay in an emergency shelter.
  • Students will see how a shelter is set up, learn about volunteers, and gain strategies for dealing with their fear in stressful situations like this.
  • This video is in English and there is another version of the video in Spanish if you click HERE.


Grade 3-5 | k-2
Subject Social Studies,Health
Resource Type Videos

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  • This video features Pedro the penguin and his friend singing a song to inform students about what to do if there is a power outage.
  • Students will learn the definition of a power outage, when they need to evacuate, and what else they must do to prepare.
  • Teachers can access the Spanish version of this video by clicking HERE.
Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Science,Health
Resource Type Videos

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  • This printable activity book provides students with word searches, crosswords, informative stories, coloring pages, and mazes to increase their knowledge of emergency preparedness for extreme weather.
  • Students will learn how to prepare for and react to thunderstorms, tornados, extreme cold, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat, and wildfires and will receive a certificate to commemorate the completion of the activities.

Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject English Language Arts,Health
Resource Type Worksheets

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  • This activity guide outlines one take-home and two in-class activities for students to prepare for floods.
  • Students will learn how to pack an emergency kit, plan an evacuation route, and communicate with parents and guardians about preparing for floods.

Grade k-2
Subject Health
Resource Type Lesson Plans

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  • In this lesson, students will learn how the banana industry impacts people and the planet.
  • Students will learn about the history of aggressive and exploitative practices that built banana empires, how bananas go uneaten and contribute to food waste, and how U.S.-based banana businesses have used harmful pesticides in their Nicaraguan plantations. 
Grade 9-12
Subject History
Resource Type Lesson Plans

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  • This lesson defines food insecurity and intersectionality and explains who suffers the most from food injustice.
  • Students will learn about those who belong to multiple minority groups and those in the "food chain" from producers on farms to those buying the food are often left behind by movements for equality. 

Grade 6-8
Subject Social Studies,Civics
Resource Type Lesson Plans

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  • In this hands-on experiment, students will monitor the growth and characteristics of potted plants throughout a four-week period to see the effects of drought and flooding conditions on the plants.
  • The background section is based on New Jersey information and there are suggestions for crop plants grown in NJ to make it more locally relevant.


Grade k-2 | 3-5
Subject Science
Resource Type Experiments

Professional Learning

Find the right professional learning opportunity for you or your school, whether it is support for curriculum development or foundational knowledge about climate change.

Shelburne Farms

Immersion in Education for Sustainability

In this three-day workshop, teachers will dive into the essential questions of Education for Sust...

Format: In Person
Date(s) Offered: July 23-25, 2024
CLEAN

Teaching Energy

This guide is designed to help middle and high school science teachers incorporate energy topics into their classrooms. Ene...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
SubjectToClimate

Teaching About Climate Change

This series of courses, developed by SubjectToClimate, helps teachers teach about climate change.Climate Chan...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
CLEAN

Controversy in the Classroom: Strategies for Managing Climate Change Discourse (Spanish)

This article provides techniques for educators to...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
National Center for Science Education

1.5°C May Not Seem Like Much, But It's a Really Big Deal. Here's Why.

This article explains the importance of limiting global heating to th...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

The Cloud Institute's Education for Sustainability Benchmarks for Individual and Social Learning

The Cloud Institute's Education for Sustai...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
CLEAN

Create Your Own Climate and Energy Units

This step-by-step guide provides a framework for utilizing CLEAN resources to develop NGSS-aligned...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
National Marine Educators Association

A Handbook for Increasing Ocean Literacy

This handbook was developed by the National Marine Educators Association, with the support of NOAA...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
CLEAN

Teaching Energy (Spanish)

This Teaching Energy (Spanish Translation) guide is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate...

Format: Online: Asynchronous
NPR

8 Ways to Teach Climate Change in Almost Any Classroom

This article includes eight tips for how to teach about climate change. Tips include...

Format: Online: Asynchronous