Integrating Climate Change Across the Curriculum

Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Ritchie Hall: 164
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Cheryl Manning, OrbWeaver Consulting, LLC

From matter to energy, climate change can and should be taught in all science courses. As we look to the future, all citizens deserve a deeper understanding of how anthropogenic climate change compares to climate change events of the past, mechanisms driving climate change, human and ecological consequences of climate change, and how to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Because so many students do not take a Earth or Environmental science course in high school, it is important to teach the principles of climate change in other science courses. Participants in this workshop will interact with data, video, and resources from the Climate, Literacy, and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) to develop a plan for incorporating climate change into their teaching. Examples of sample modules are available. In addition, they will explore and investigate other federally funded vetted resources to enhance the teaching of climate change.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Goal 1 - Identify the climate connections between Earth & Space, Physical, and Life Sciences DCIs
  • Goal 2 - Investigate resources that enable cross-curricular climate connections
  • Goal 3 - Practice pedagogical strategies that support climate change integration
Presentation Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 21.1MB Jul18 18)


1:30 - Welcome, Introductions, Goals, Rationale

1:50 - An Example from the Life Sciences

2:05 - Use the NGSS to connect Climate Science to Physical and Life Sciences

2:30 - Gallery Walk and Break

2:45 - Overview CLEAN collection and other resources

3:15 - Use the CLEAN collection and other resources to identify a lesson-level resource

3:35 - Add SEP and CCC

3:45 - Discussion wrap-up and end-of-workshop survey

4:00 - Adjourn