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Searching for Ways to Introduce Climate Change

Searching for Ways to Introduce Climate Change?
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  • Why Teach Climate Change?

Since climate change will impact daily life—now and in future—it is both a critical problem that needs to be addressed and one that can be adapted to effective teaching, across the curricular. Science-based information, methods, and resources help educators broach this complex subject, no matter what area they teach.
Understanding the impact of climate change is an essential step toward
preparing our students to become knowledgeable, active, and just stewards of our state’s and our planet’s natural environment adversely impacted by climate change.
  • Ways to Introduce Climate Change: Instead of burdening educators with additional stand-alone, complex areas to study, the good news is that Environmental Literacy can become a part of subjects and activities already in your state’s core curriculum standards in science, math, social studies, and language arts.
  • Climate Fiction: As Earth’s changing climate becomes an ever-increasing concern, young readers are turning to climate fiction as a way to engage their imaginations and deal with their fears in the safety of their present environment. The teens in these climate fiction stories demonstrate courage, tenacity, compassion, imagination, and foresight. So, although the events may be upsetting, the reader empathizes with the main characters and finish the last page feeling informed, hopeful, resolute, and inspired.

  • Connecting Scientific Concepts with Fiction/Storytelling can be a powerful way to make future consequences more immediate to ourselves and our students. Fiction can be woven into teaching environmental science and climate change as outlined in the core curriculum standards

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Teaching Environmental Science/Climate Change/ Through Fiction.

Fiction can be a powerful way for students to understand how climate change has and will impact their future. Fiction is one way (cli-fi) can serve as a springboard for lively discussions. In addition, stories offer ways in which students can envision and adjust to climate change.

  • After reading appropriate fiction, Language Arts teachers can Inspire Lively discussions by interweaving the Theme of Climate Change.

  • Social Studies Teachers and can Inspire Lively discussion around the impact of Climate change on marginalized groups in their own communities and around the globe (Social Justice).

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Climate Change Fiction for Kids:

Red Flag Warning: An Eco Adventure by Claire Datnow

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YA/Teen Eco Fiction.

The Winds of Change: Children’s Environmental Climate Fiction:


Climate Change Fiction: Multicultural, Diverse, Global, and with Animals, Too! a guest blog by author Claire Datnow:
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How To Teach Climate Change Without Panicking Your Students:

Covid-19 and Antarctica

Antarctic Connections, Conundrums and Covid-19

A sizzling summer afternoon sheltering on our patio in Alabama, the connection between the us and the Covid-19 pandemic are painfully obvious. But the connection between the US and what goes on in the Antarctic is hard to grasp—it’s a conundrum.
By sheer luck this year, 2020, we visited Antarctic on the cruise ship,
Zaandam. It turned out to be the most phenomenal and memorable cruise. A cruise of a lifetime. We barely made it back home before Covid-19 hit the US. Which got us thinking about ships and tourists, Covid-19 and pandemics, climate change and melting ice, and the connections and conundrums between all of this. Read More...

YA/Teen Eco Fiction

Cover Reveal Climate Change Eco Fiction

Interview by Teresa K. Thorne with Kristina Handler, Illustrator, and Claire Datnow, Author

Teresa: Red Flag Warning: An Eco Adventure tells the dramatic story of three special young people from across the world, the amazing animals that are part of their lives, and the terrible threats they face—threats that affect the entire world. The three teens, all scarred by fire, struggle with the deeper wounds to their self-image and dreams. They must learn to respect the wildness of the animals they love and find their own voices, along with the power of community, in their mission to heal the Earth.