Climate Change and Energy Education Resources for K-12 Alberta teachers

ACEE helps connect teachers and students to excellent education programs that help advance students' environmental and energy literacy. We've listed some of these programs by energy topics and included grant programs offered by corporations and foundations.

Energy Efficiency/Conservation Education

Climate Change Education

Grants to Help Schools with Energy Education

Energy Resources Education

Youth Leadership

Classroom Examples Videos

 

Energy Efficiency/Conservation Education

Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) and Greenlearning Canada

  • Energy Revealed
    • Energy Revealed is a national learning initiative that brings real-world energy monitoring and management directly into the hands of students, teachers and facility managers. 

Greenlearning Canada              

  • EnerAction
    • Kid-friendly carbon calculator to assess the amount of energy used by the lights in their classroom, and then formulate a plan to reduce their consumption and track success.
  • Electricity All Around Us
    • Teaches the electricity unit in the elementary Science curriculum with an interactive module designed to engage young learners
  • Real World Energy
    • This complete online education program meets curriculum requirements for the energy unit in Science 24 – the Alberta grade 11 Science course.
  • Energy Revealed
    • With ACEE, bringing real-world energy monitoring and management into the hands of students, teachers and facility managers.

Green Calgary

  • Powering Our World
    • Offers students a hands-on and experiential exploration of how electricity is generated and supplied. 
  • Energy Revolution Fair
    • One-day Pop-up Learning Extravaganza Downtown Calgary at Municipal Plaza held in conjunction with the Mayor's Environmental Expo.

Inside Education    

ATCO Energy Sense

  • Energy Education Mobile
    • A 40-foot classroom on wheels that delivers a free, one-of-a-kind learning experience at schools and community events across Alberta.

Canadian Geographic

  • Classroom Energy Diet Challenge
    • K-12 classrooms across Canada improve their energy awareness and energy literacy through a variety of energy-related challenges.

Wonderville

Destination Conservation

  • Destination Conservation
    • Multi-year, student-driven, activity-based program that brings environmental education alive in schools.

SEEDS Connections

  • Green Schools
    • Provides educational programs with a focus on diversity, leadership, environmental sustainability, and energy literacy.

Relay Education

  • Classroom workshops
    • Concentrate on Conservation (Gr. 5), Capture the Wind (Gr. 5-6), and Plug in the Sun (Gr. 4-6)

 

 

Climate Change Education

Greenlearning Canada
  • Climate Change COOL 2.0
    • Students learn about human-environment interactions, and how their personal actions can affect their climate and environment.

Greenlearning Canada

  • Climate Change Where I Live
    • Students work with local environmental data to understand climate change at home and bring that information to decision makers.

Green Teacher

  • Teaching About Climate Change
    • Offers a framework for teaching fundamental concepts and a variety of activities that can be undertaken in school, at home or in the community.

Inside Education

  • Stewardship: Energy, Climate & You
    • Using an award-winning approach to environment and natural resource education, their team of professional educators will bring current and curriculum-relevant programs to your school.

United Nations Environment Program

Let's Talk Energy

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

  • Climate Justice
    • Classroom-ready materials that help students engage with the two great inconvenient truths of our time: climate change and rising inequality

North American Association for Environmental Education

Resources for Rethinking

  • Climate Change Resources and Programs
    • Free online database which provides access to over 1,200 high-quality, English and French K-12 classroom resources that have been selected and reviewed by teachers, for teachers. 

Drawdown

  • 100 Best Ways For Reversing Climate Change
    • Video: Facilitating a coalition of scientists, researchers, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

  • Climate Change Primer
    • Povides a brief introduction to some of the Earth’s natural systems that sustain us (e.g., weather and climate systems, the carbon cycle, ecosystems) and indicates how our daily activities and societal actions have a ected these systems. 

Evergreen Artist in Residency

SEEDS Conections

  • Teaching Activities for Climate Change
    • Teaching Activities for Climate Change (TACC) activity allows students to examine several energy-saving actions that will reduce their own and their family's energy consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and potentially save money.

Paleontological Research Institute

  • The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change
    • Written for teachers that includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized (US based info but some good information)
 

 

Grants to help schools with energy education

Devon Canada

Inside Education A+ for Energy Grant

TD Friends of the Environment Grants

Learning for a Sustainable Future

Alberta Emerald Foundation

 

 

Energy Resources Education

Greenlearning Canada

  • Re-energy.ca
    • High school students learn how to build a wind turbine, solar oven, hydroelectric generator or biogas generator—so they can see firsthand how applied science is helping create a more sustainable future.
  • EnerAction
    • Kid-friendly carbon calculator to assess the amount of energy used by the lights in their classroom, and then formulate a plan to reduce their consumption and track success.

  • Electricity All Around Us
    • Teaches the electricity unit in the elementary Science curriculum with an interactive module designed to engage young learners

  • eCards
    • Shows kids that the letters and emails that world leaders, politicians, and business people receive about environmental issues can have a very real impact on policy and products.

Inside Education

  • Learning Resources
    • Free learning resources, packed full of interactive learning activities that use a creative approach.  All resources are curriculum-connected and classroom-ready, complete with fun activities and exercises that support different learning styles and teaching situations.
    • Energy resources include an electricity poster, oil sands field trips, energy dialogues, petroleum field trips, and petroleum poster. 

Classroom & Field Programs

  • Using their award-winning approach to environment and natural resource education, their team of professional educators will bring current and curriculum-relevant programs to your school. Options include:

    • Natural Resources & Energy
    • Electricity & Energy
    • Electricity Challenge - A Solar Lantern Building Project
    • Energy & the Environment - An Oil Sands Case Study

SEEDS Connections

  • Energy Literacy Series
    • Web-based teaching program that begins with an Introduction to Energy, followed by ten modules that examine all renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.

Canadian Geographic

  • Energy IQ
    • A compilation of information and resources to help educators, students and the general public get a detailed look at energy across Canada.

ATCO Energy Sense

  • Energy Education Mobile
    • A 40-foot classroom on wheels that delivers a free, one-of-a-kind learning experience at schools and community events across Alberta.

ATCO Electric

  • Teaching Power
    •  Teaches young Albertans in our service areas about electricity, electrical safety, and energy efficiency. Activities have been developed in consultation with Alberta teachers and directly align with provincial curriculum outcomes.

Green Calgary

  • Powering Our World
    • Offers students a hands-on and experiential exploration of how electricity is generated and supplied. Students will gain insight into the technology, production, consumption, conservation, and impacts of electricity systems.

Energy.gov - Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

  • Energy Literacy
    • Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education presents interdisciplinary energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. 

Student Energy

  • Energy Topics
    • Clearly laid-out information and videos about types of energy and how they are used.
  • Energy Systems Map
    • Interactive map that explores relationships between sources, production, transport, conversion, form, distribution and use of energy types.

Energy for All

  • Renewable energy 
    • The Energy For All local education and awareness program provides 6 learning modules and provides hands-on participatory activities in topics of renewable energy and water management.

Pollution Probe

STAR EcoWorks

  • Access to Energy classroom workshops - building solar lanterns
    • Students build solar lanterns to encourage inquiry and provide information and insights into the global challenge of energy poverty.

Relay Education

  • Classroom workshops
  • Concentrate on Conservation (Gr. 5), Capture the Wind (Gr. 5-6), and Plug in the Sun (Gr. 4-6)

 

Youth Leadership

SEEDS Connections

  • Connections - multicultural, environmental leadership programs

Inside Education

Green Calgary

Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE)

 

Classroom Examples