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Teaching About Climate Change with Earth Day Activity Guides

Find K-12 lesson plans, teaching tips, ideas for differentiation, and teacher-tested advice for your April 22 curriculum and beyond.
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Published: March 6, 2024

This year, the NEA is proud to partner with Subject to Climate, EARTHDAY.ORG, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and the Worldwide Teach-In to provide Earth Month resource guides for educators worldwide.  

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These guides include a wealth of teaching resources centered around Earth Day, designed to inspire students to become environmental stewards and help take care of our planet. Find lessons and activities that are both crafted to support educators across different grade levels and subjects and easy to integrate to your existing lessons. 

Join us in fostering a love of our planet and empowering the next generation to make a positive impact and lead the way in our pursuit of environmental justice. 

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Pledge to Make Climate a Class

NEA is also proud to support the “Make Climate a Class” initiative during Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week. If you are interested in receiving additional climate education resources, you can sign this pledge to spend 30 minutes in your class talking with your students about climate and the environment. 

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More Climate Change Resources from NEA

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Green Schools Now!

NEA is advocating for high-quality professional development for educators to teach climate science, and state and local work around carbon-free schools.
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Climate & Environmental Justice

The NEA supports advancing climate solutions and environmental justice. From curriculum planning, to advocacy, to policy, we have resources to help you take an active role in protecting the environment and preparing for the future.
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Elementary Books That Teach About Climate Change

A young Nokomi girl learns about becoming a steward of the Earth. In Peru, an Asháninka girl confronts the deforestation of her Amazon home. Learn more about these two Read Across America recommended titles and find resources for using them in your classroom.

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Waste Hero: Free Resources for Teaching Recycling, Creating Zero Waste and Building the Circular Economy

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