Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences

This is a good resource for teachers who are looking to understand the key issues in climate change. 

United States Global Change Research Program
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The Essential Principles of Climate Science presents important information for individuals and communities to understand Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide can also serve educators who teach climate science as part of their science curricula.


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This resource provides a strong overview of climate literacy for teachers.  The resource can be a foundational piece for teachers new to the topic, but can also be useful for adult students interested in better understanding climate change (strong support from the teacher is suggested if this text is used with students below NRS skill levels 5/6, such as providing chunks of the text to students and using it as instructional material). The resource also provides the springboard for investigation in using the topic of climate science to combine a variety of skill instruction on various levels: critical reading of text, lists, and illustrations, math, scientific inquiry, and oral and written communication.  It cites several online educational resources to be used for further information.  This climate science literacy guide also identifies the essential principles and fundamental concepts that individuals and communities should understand about Earth’s climate system.

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