Global Warming 101
by the Will Steger Foundation, Minnesota. http://www.globalwarming101.com
. Following along on Will Steger’s expeditions to the Arctic. Students can learn firsthand accounts of the conditions in the arctic by asking questions or viewing segments available online. Curriculum and lesson plans are also available. Climate Wisconsin: Stories from a State of Change. http://climatewisconsin.org/
. From warming trout streams to decreasing ice cover, lower lake levels to extreme heat, Climate Wisconsin tells stories from a rapidly changing state.Union of Concerned Scientists
Publications by Union of Concerned Scientists. http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/#Global_Warming
. A new series of reports by Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and leading climate scientists provides an in-depth look at the potential consequences of climate change in the U.S. Midwest. Climate Prediction Center. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
. National Weather Service. The Climate Prediction Center produces educational materials to help students better understand the role of the climate system in our lives through the use of climate forecasts. National Wildlife Federation’s Global Warming Site. http://www.nwf.org/Global-Warming.aspx
. NWF’s global warming page contains up-to-date information on global warming’s effects on wildlife, conservation, and how both policies and personal decisions can help. Also contains information on Great Lakes impacts and Global Warming Fact Sheets and Clean Energy Solutions for each state. Midwest
by United States Global Change Research Program. http://www.globalchange.gov/publications/reports/scientific-assessments/us-impacts/regional-climate-change-impacts/midwest
. This web site is a well-organized resource for information on the many facets of climate change. Users can examine climate change impacts by region (including the Great Lakes), sector (such as ecosystems and society), and agency (how the United States federal agencies are related to climate change issues). Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI). http://www.wicci.wisc.edu/
. The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) assesses and anticipates climate change impacts on specific Wisconsin natural resources, ecosystems and regions; evaluates potential effects on industry, agriculture, tourism and other human activities; and develops and recommends adaptation strategies that can be implemented by businesses, farmers, public health officials, municipalities, resource managers and other stakeholders. Going Local with Global Warming.
PBS Teachers professional development module. http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stem/professionaldevelopment/020/
. The majority of Americans do not believe that climate change will affect them personally. This lesson investigates evidence for contemporary climate change by examining multi-year weather and phenological (seasonal observational data) records obtained locally from several localities in the U.S. Plot and identify trends in local weather data, learn the difference between weather and climate and explore the pedagogic advantages associated with learning about global climate change through examination of data obtained at the community level. References national standards. Minnesota’s Changing Climate.
Will Steger Foundation. http://classroom.willstegerfoundation.org/
. The Will Steger Foundation created Minnesota’s Changing Climate because we believe that environmental stewardship and action begins with a local connection and sense of appreciation, or environmental sensitivity, towards the natural environment. As educators, you have the unique opportunity to lead your students through the environmental education continuum of knowledge, awareness, and skills that lead to an informed and active environmental citizenry. Minnesota’s Changing Climate is a great place to start because it follows this model of inspiring an appreciation and understanding of Minnesota’s natural environment and empowering action. Includes activities, curriculum, and handouts.