Climate Lessons Update – May 2019

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Happy May!

We know things may be winding down in your classrooms with all eyes on summer — but it’s the perfect time to take your students outside for learning! We have activities from our curricula that are great to bring outside. Have you checked out the Greenhouse Effect Game in Lesson 2 of Next Generation Climate curriculum? Or the Biome Meet and Greet Activity in Lesson 2 of Minnesota’s Changing Climate curriculum? How about the Electricity Journey Activity in Lesson 2 of Experience Energy curriculum?

All of our curricula have a Take It Outside component of each lesson, which can help inspire learning and keep students interested through the end of the school year. Download the free PDFs for step-by-step instructions on each activity.

NPR recently published an article reporting that “80% of parents in the U.S. support teaching climate change and over 86% of teachers agree it should be taught, but in reality, 55% of teachers said they do not cover climate change.” We know that climate change is an interdisciplinary issue and can be taught in any subject area. We encourage you to reach out to other teachers in your school and ask if they are teaching climate change. Share this NPR article with them, offering 8 tips to teach climate change in almost any classroom (also featuring Climate Generation curriculum in the resources section!) We are here to support you and offer ideas for integrating climate change into any educational setting.


Megan Van Loh and Jenna Totz
Climate Change Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

The D.C. Line

Check out how the Lowell School, the co-host for our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, changed their entire 6th grade humanities curriculum to be taught through the lens of climate change after partnering with Climate Generation in 2017. Sign up today for the Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. Scholarships available!

#TeachClimate Network

Join us for the virtual network meeting on May 20th when we discuss The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The #TeachClimate Network is a fun and simple way to talk with other educators about climate change education and to discuss climate change fiction and non-fiction. We meet monthly online via Zoom, which you can access from your computer or phone. Make sure the ELA teachers in your district know about this one!

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Group photo at Summer Institute for Climate Change Education 2018Prepare your students to be global citizens. Connect the dots between climate change and social, political, and economic dimensions. Use literature and language as a bridge to understanding the complexities of climate change. Join us for the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, August 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Find out more, register, and apply for a scholarship.

Will Steger’s Solo Expedition

Our founder, Will Steger, is currently on another solo expedition in the Barren Lands of Canada. Last year, we followed along with Will and created a Story Map with his daily dispatches, lessons to do with your students, and reflection questions. This year you can listen to Will’s daily dispatches here. Happy trails, Will!


Interactive Quiz on Climate Change Solutions

How well do you and your students understand climate solutions and their impact? Take this interactive quiz from CNN using Project Drawdown solutions! We are excited to learn from a senior fellow at Project Drawdown as the keynote at this year’s Summer Institute.

Opportunity for Minnesota Educators
Video Contest: Your Big Idea for a Sustainable MN

Students can create videos that share their vision for a sustainable Minnesota, and enter them into a video contest by May 17th for a chance to win up to $5,000 for their school! Made possible by District Energy St. Paul and the St. Paul Saints. More info here.

How do you choose climate change resources?

A correspondent from Associated Press is looking for educators who have navigated the sea of climate change resources out there. He is exploring the range of instructional materials available on climate change and how teachers sort through it all to find stuff they can use that is backed by sound science. If you are interested in talking with him, please email

What We’re Reading

We’re reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck to get ready for our next #TeachClimate Network meeting on Monday, May 20. Sign up now!

Stories from the Field

Our Youth Convening Minnesota program has just finished their spring convenings, engaging their communities in climate solutions.

That's a wrap on Youth Convening Minnesota for this year! We supported three incredible high school youth teams from…

Posted by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Moment of Inspiration

This may be the video that inspires your middle school student to take action on climate change.


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