The Climate Initiative: Curriculum for young ambassadors in the face of climate change
Developed in conjunction with the National Audubon Society's Climate Report, these lessons that highlight climate change through the lens of Wisconsin's birds are a fantastic way to engage your students with one of the most important and timely issues of our time.
The "Young Ambassadors in the Face of Climate Change" curriculum consists of 10 lessons that are classroom tested, engaging, interactive, and ready to get kids thinking critically about their world. Lesson materials are available to download below, and lesson kits are available to borrow from the Madison Audubon office - all for free!
Teach these lessons yourself, or have us visit your classroom to teach for you!
If you are interested in contracting a Madison Audubon educator to implement or assist with this curriculum, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get started in your classroom:
- Climate initiative curriculum overview (Start here!)
- Climate Change Teacher Workshop Flyer
- Madison Audubon Bird Flashcards (used for Lessons 2, 7, and 8)
Climate change resources for teachers
Lesson 1: The scientific method & phenology
- Lesson 1 Outline
- Lesson 1 Presentation
- Lesson 1 Activity: Phenology wheel worksheet
- Lesson 1 Bird phenology data collection excel file
Lesson 2: Climate change introduction & Habitat Scramble!
Lesson 3: Carbon cycle
- Lesson 3 Outline
- Lesson 3 Presentation
- Lesson 4 Carbon cycle activity
- Borrow our lesson kit: Molecule Game (unlisted)
Lesson 4: The Greenhouse Effect
Lesson 5: Winter adaptations of animals
Lesson 6: Build-a-bird adaptations
- Lesson 6 Outline
- Lesson 6 Presentation
- Lesson 6 Activity: elementary school
- Lesson 6 Activity: middle school
- Borrow our lesson kit: Bird Beak Buffet!
Lesson 7: Migration
- Lesson 7 Outline
- Lesson 7 Presentation
- Lesson 7 Game: Migration Obstacle Course
- Borrow our lesson kit: Migration Obstacle Course
Lesson 8: Phenological mismatch
Lesson 9: Climate Forum
Lesson 10: Birdathon
This Climate Change Curriculum was created under a 2014-2016 Grant from National Audubon Society and a 2015-2016 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.
Banner photo by Carolyn Byers