New Thematic Educator Guide: Teaching About Climate Change

By Kaitlyn Spotts | January 14 2022 | GeneralScience & Technology

Climate change is an interdisciplinary problem facing all of us. Sometimes, educators shy away from discussing climate change with young students because they’re overwhelmed by simplifying the science for their students. They worry about causing anxiety by discussing big issues like rising seas and temperatures. They fear pushback from community members.

But young students hear about climate change on the news and they want to know more. From droughts to wildfires to extreme weather, students know the planet is in peril. Young activists like Greta Thunberg are leading the way in the fight against climate change, showing young people that they don’t have to wait to reach adulthood to make a difference.

Luckily, we do not need to be experts to address climate change in the classroom. Books can provide an entry point to climate change education at all levels. The titles in this collection include fiction and nonfiction texts, both picture books and chapter books, and provide a broad appeal for today’s elementary school students.

The wide variety of texts also allows for teachers to integrate them into multiple subject areas. Texts can be used as read-alouds, whole-class texts, and independent reading. Activities apply to all titles and can be adapted to whole class or small group settings. All included texts empower students to be optimistic about the future and to be part of the solution. There is no time better than the present to start the conversation about climate change, because empowered students can change the world.

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Stand Up! Speak Up!
A Story Inspired by the Climate Change Revolution
978-0-593-30158-6
Awarded as a 2021 Malka Penn Award Honor Book, here is a timely picture book about a young girl's mission to inspire others to help the planet. The meaningful message of climate change activism is perfect for Earth Day and every day!
$17.99 US
Oct 06, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
Schwartz & Wade

Fatima's Great Outdoors
978-1-9848-1695-5
An immigrant family embarks on their first camping trip in the Midwest in this lively picture book by Ambreen Tariq, outdoors activist and founder of @BrownPeopleCamping
$17.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
Hardcover
40 Pages
Kokila

Finding Wild
978-1-101-93281-0
Target Consumer: Parents and educators interested in teaching kids about nature Fans of lyrical picture books A lovely, lyrical picture book with gorgeous illustrations that explores all the ways nature makes itself known to us.
$16.99 US
May 10, 2016
Hardcover
32 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Saving American Beach
The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch
978-1-101-99629-4
This heartfelt picture book biography illustrated by the Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes, tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist and the legacy she preserved.
$17.99 US
Apr 13, 2021
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Who Is Greta Thunberg?
978-0-593-22567-7
The inspiring story of a young Swedish schoolgirl who sparked a worldwide revolution, told in a new Who HQ Now format for trending topics.
$4.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
Paperback
56 Pages
Penguin Workshop

Sydney & Simon: Go Green!
978-1-58089-677-1
Second in a series that celebrates the STEAM approach (exploration through science, technology, engineering, art, and math), this latest adventure inspires Sydney and Simon to consider how trash affects the environment.
$12.95 US
Oct 13, 2015
Hardcover
48 Pages
Charlesbridge

The Whale Child
978-1-62317-486-6
An inspiring middle-grade chapter book that introduces young readers to the environmental challenges facing the planet through the eyes of Coast Salish characters and authors.
$19.95 US
Oct 13, 2020
Paperback
136 Pages
North Atlantic Books