K12 Curriculum

Climate Champions curriculum takes a local focus on a global challenge.

Sixth graders collect data, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Beach Science.

SCIENCE

Explore phenomena, understand the science, engage with solutions, and integrate Indigenous knowledge with units created by Climate Champions Teacher Leaders.

These units for secondary science align with NGSS, center student learning, use 5E pedagogy (Engage, Explore, Explain, Evaluate, Elaborate), include strategies for English learners, integrate standards and practices for math and language arts, and can be adapted for other disciplines.

LAND IMPACTS

Middle School

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  • Students will be developing questions and connecting their emotions to the background gained about wildfires.
  • Students will conduct research to answer the questions they generated and share aloud their findings to the class.
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  • Students will be able to predict that higher moisture levels will result in the lower rates of burn.
  • Students will be able to predict that the increased level of dryness will also result in increased rate of burn.
  • Students will be able to connect moisture level and dryness to influencing the type of fuel that can intensify wildfires.
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  • Students will be able to analyze and interpret data about temperature, rainfall and wildfires, to ask questions about how wildfires are connected to climate change.
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  • Students will make a connection between the rise in CO2 levels over time and climate change —  the rise in temperatures, lack of rainfall, and  increase in wildfires. Slides connect students to wildfires as both an effect and additional cause of climate change.
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  • Students will be able to synthesize information from the unit to create a commitment to reduce their impact on wildfires. 
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OCEAN IMPACTS

High School

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  • Students will be able to understand how the ocean affects weather.
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  • Students will be able to understand how hurricanes form and how scientists use technology to forecast and prepare for hurricanes.

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  • Students will be able to analyze hurricane and tropical cyclone data to make conclusions about how ocean warming affects these weather events.
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  • Students will be able to design a solution that mitigates a negative effect of hurricanes.
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High School

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  • Students will understand that the Earth’s oceans are absorbing most of the heat being trapped on Earth.
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  • Students will Understand the science behind sea-level rise and how it impacts coastal communities.

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  • Students will understand that sea-level rise is occurring based on short and long-term data.
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  • Students will understand that when water warms, it expands and takes up more space. Thermal expansion increases the volume that ocean water takes up, leading to sea-level rise.
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  • Students will understand thatsea level is rising, in part, because melting glaciers on land are adding more water to Earth’s oceans. Glaciers – large sheets of ice and snow – exist on land all year long.”
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  • Students will understand that coastal communities and island nations are impacted by sea level rise through storm surge, inundation, erosion, and flooding.
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  • Students will understand three strategies for adapting to sea level rise: protect, accommodate, retreat.
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  • Students will deepen their understanding of sea level rise by writing arguments focused  on impacted communities and possible solutions.
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High School

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  • Students will explore how albedo contributes to ocean warming and propose an argument based on evidence to indicate how oceans absorb heat energy.
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  • Students will conduct an investigation and use computational skills to determine the effects of ocean warming on fish and marine species.

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  • Students will analyze and interpret sea surface temperature, biodiversity and coral bleaching data and models to determine the impacts of ocean warming on kelp forests and coral reefs.
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  • Students will synthesize information and create a solution in the form of a public service announcement to educate and inform their community on how to prevent, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
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CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

High School

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  • Students will be able to recognize that there are multiple solutions at multiple scales to help mitigate climate change.
  • Students will be able to summarize the 10 solutions to climate change proposed by “Bending the Curve.”
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  • Students will be able to identify ecosystem services that trees provide.
  • Students will understand the carbon sequestration services that trees provide.
  • Students will be able to model quantified ecocsystem services of tree species.
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  • Students will be able to formulate an estimate for the amount of carbon dioxide that Balboa Park removes from the atmosphere annually by investigating a section of the urban forest from the park and relate to the emissions from motor vehicles.
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  • Students will be able to explain how restoring coastal wetlands and reducing food waste contribute to climate change mitigation.
  • Students will be able to give an example of a local project that has successfully restored coastal wetlands or reduced food waste. 
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  • Students will be able to propose three realistic strategies to mitigate climate change that could be implemented at the individual, household, school, or community level.
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Coming soon: Climate Change, Data Science, and Computing.

HUMANITIES

These free open-education resources, collected and curated by Climate Champions Youth Leaders and coded to standards, are relevant for use in Humanities, History, Social Sciences, and Arts classes.

Climate Champions invites your feedback on these lessons. If you want to be a formal lesson tester, please respond using the feedback form.

For more learning resources, visit our Additional Resources page.