Math Awareness Month, Grades 9-12
2013 Theme: Mathematics of Sustainability
Curriculum resources, including lesson plans, background reading, printables and video, for grades 9-12 address the 2013 Math Awareness Month theme: Mathematics of Sustainability.
K-12 students identify consumer goods that come from the ocean, identify their origin, and calculate their cost.
Oak Woodland Learning Activity
Students in grades 6-12 compare counting individual organisms and species and "mapping" an ecosystem to show its parts and their relationships to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each method.
Students in grades 7-12 estimate the amount of household hazardous waste in their community.
School Lighting Audit
Grades 9-12 Mini unit: Lessons 6-9.
Remote Sensing Math ( PDF, 15.1 MB, 226 pgs.)
This resource has 103 problems designed for students in grades 6-12, covering topics in remote sensing, satellite imaging, image analysis and interpretation.
Mathematics of Planet Earth
K-12 and higher curriculum materials.
Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate
Students in grades 5-10 use hands-on activities and real-time data investigations to study factors that affect weather and climate. Lessons, activities, teacher guide, and resources.
The Gulf Stream Voyage
Students in grades 6-12 use real time data in various scientific applications in order to discover the mysteries of the Gulf Stream. Lessons, activities, teacher guide, and resources.
Lesson plans and additional materials for grades 6-12.
Activities in calculus I and II, statistics, and differential equations.
Ecological Footprint Quiz
Answers to 27 easy questions provide an estimate of land and ocean area required to sustain a student’s annual consumption and waste output. Students in grades 4-12 can compare their Ecological Footprints to others’ and learn how to reduce their impact.
The Cloud Institute - EfS Reality Check
Are you educating for sustainability? This professional development tool will help school administrators and faculty assess their efforts.
K-12 games, quizzes, homework resources, and teacher resources.
The official website for Math Awareness Month. It includes theme essays, reports, curriculum materials, K-16 links, and games.
This website has separate areas for adults and for students. In the kids’ section, teachers will find two guides, one for them and one for students, scavenger hunt, coloring book, posters, and light switch covers. Hogbusters Training Camp for kids provides a handbook, training games, bonus game, and more. Grades 4-6.
DEPweb Learning Modules
Social, economic, and environmental modules for grades 6-12.
Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
Four modules provide professional development for student teachers, teachers, curriculum developers, education policy makers, and authors of educational materials.
Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network
A resource for teachers on how to teach climate and energy literacy. Professional Development.
Climate Change Resource Center
Includes video courses on carbon emissions, carbon storage, and climate. Professional Development.
The Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change ( PDF, 3.5 MB, 32 pgs.)
An abbreviated guide for teaching climate change. Professional Development.
The Green Changemakers
Training manuals and education resources on sustainability. Professional Development.
Games & Interactives
Exploring the Environment
“Twenty-five online modules put students in problem-based learning scenarios. In one module, students predict the impact of increased carbon dioxide on the wheat yield in Kansas. In another, they predict weather 48 hours in advance. Topics include coral reefs, climate change, the Everglades, mountain gorillas, rainforests, volcanoes, water quality, and ozone depletion. (A NASA-sponsored project.)”
Play the Fish Game Online
Play online or in the classroom. 4-12.
Florida Solar Energy Center Curricula
Curriculum materials for K-12 on alternative energy.
Players in grades 6-12 control the energy mix of a virtual city of 5.9 million and discover the economic, environmental, and security impacts of their decisions.
Students in grades 6-12 have 8 months to build a recycling empire and get Cairo’s total recycling as they as they can.
Players manage the threats to the survival of a plant.
Stabilization Wedges: A Concept & Game ( PDF, 1.8 MB, 16 pgs.)
The Stabilization Wedge game helps students in grades 9-12 learn the effects of different strategies for reducing greenhouse gases.
As president of the European Nations, student players in grades 9-12 take on global climate change. They determine Europe’s policies and try to convince competing regional blocks to reduce carbon emissions.
Precipice is a simulation of some future global warming scenarios in which players can affect outcomes by interacting with characters. The simulation, available for PCs and Macs, requires a large download, approximately 300 MB. Best for grades 6-12.
AAAS Climate Change Movie (12:07)
Can be viewed online or downloaded
The Story of Stuff Project
last updated: April 1, 2013