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8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Data
  • Interactive Media
  • Article
  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Video, 3 minutes, 10 seconds, CC
  • Video, 1 minute, 42 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Climate Resilience Toolkit

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  • This overview of the toolikit provides articles, videos, maps, reports, and other information about the threats of climate change and the vulnerabilities of communities.
  • Students will learn about what climate resilience is, how to improve it, and how different parts of the country are impacted by climate change differently. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is a wealth of information about climate resilience and could be used to facilitate an entire unit.
  • Students will benefit from the layout of this toolkit, as it is broken into manageable parts that build upon the previous sections. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Before using this toolkit, be sure that students have a basic understanding of climate change and the threats that a changing climate poses. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes considering how human health will be impacted by climate change.
  • This resource is an excellent place for preliminary reading and learning about many topics dealing with climate change.
  • This resource would work well for student research projects, where each student has a different aspect of the resource to learn about and create a written or digital products to showcase their learning. 
  • The regional reports are especially beneficial when talking about how climate change is impacting different areas of the United States or they can be used for students to study resilience where they live.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Climate.gov is a wide-ranging toolkit designed to teach the facts of climate change and to provide a framework for building climate resilience. The toolkit is based around the five steps to resilience and features reports, case studies, and a wealth of data. The climate explorer tool is a wonderful resource that shows historic and projected conditions for every county in the contiguous United States, providing an opportunity for students to see climate change in their own hometowns and project what future threats may impact their community. For students studying geography, an ArcGIS tutorial is included with a focus on community action, urban planning, and natural resource management. This resource is filled with up-to-date climate data and tools to aid in planning for climate resilience, and is recommended for teaching.

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  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions, and make relevant connections to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
      • RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
      • RI.11-12.1 Accurately cite strong and thorough textual evidence, (e.g., via discussion, written response, etc.), to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferentially, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • RST.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.
  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.1.8.CivicsPI.3.c: Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 3-ESS3-1. Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
      • 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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