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This website is designed as a resource for high school and middle school teachers on the topic of climate change. The emphasis of this site is on providing hands-on activities

Our goals are to provide:

  1. A framework of concepts that students need to understand about climate change to help teachers to organize their teaching about this complex issue (see concepts and click on each concept for more details).
  2. Student learning outcomes related to each concept to help define learning goals.
  3. Correlations to Wisconsin Academic Standards for Science.
  4. Links to activities from a variety of sources, reviewed by science teachers, linked to the above framework, outcomes and standards.
  5. Video clips highlighting climate change impacts in the Great Lakes region, links to scientific data and classroom activities related to ongoing research.

Content and activities have been reviewed by scientists in the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the UW-Madison Center for Climatic Research as well as other departments involved in assessing climate change impacts.

Although the basis for study of climate change is science, we have included activities that involve language arts, social studies and art to illustrate the interconnectedness of earth’s systems with human activities and the value and importance of expressing concepts and ideas through art.

We want to help teachers and their students understand how that information is gathered, how scientists work and actually involve students and their teachers in scientific inquiry related to climate change processes and impacts.

This project has grown out of the Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the Northwoods Art exhibition and Community Education Project.