Teaching Climate Change in the NGSS Classroom

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Make Climate Change a Part of Your Curriculum to Empower Your Students

In this course, participants will explore the basic causes and effects of climate change and develop strategies and lesson plans for teaching climate change to K-12 students. Participants will become familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards that pertain to climate change issues. They will learn to design dynamic lessons using “best practices” in teaching strategies to engage their students in thoughtful ways and motivate them to take action towards environmental stewardship.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 teachers, all disciplines, who want to gain a new perspective on incorporating climate change content into their lessons to bring about awareness and positive change.

Course Materials: None

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X721K – 008 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Teaching Climate Change in the NGSS Classroom

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Kottie Christie-Blick

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What You Will Learn

  • Explain how scientists know Earth is warming
  • Discuss the main causes and effects of climate change and the actions that can be taken to mitigate it
  • Apply the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices to teaching climate change
  • Identify effective teaching strategies and age-appropriate, credible web resources for teaching climate change
  • Design lesson plans for teaching climate change that employ best practice teaching strategies


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Enjoyed all the things I’ve learned from the course and my instructor. Keep up the great work;-)