Curriculum Modules

These modules include curricula for secondary through graduate school, annotated summaries of major issues, and a range of cross-disciplinary approaches to climate-related topics.

If you are looking for additional interactive learning experiences for your students or community members, take a look at our comprehensive resources for the World Climate Simulation.

Climate Impacts & Solutions with En-ROADS

Combining innovative computer models, interactive simulations, and local action projects to translate knowledge into action.

In collaboration with The Climate Initiative (TCI) and Climate Interactive, we present Climate Impacts and Solutions with En-ROADS, a free, multi-disciplinary module that gives educators the tools and confidence to bring interactive, engaging climate education into the high school classroom.

About the module

This module was created to help high school instructors across academic disciplines to build students’ confidence to take evidence-based climate action. Students are guided throughout the six lessons from a solutions-focused perspective, where they not only explore the scientific causes and impacts of climate change, but also apply their new understanding to the design of a local action project in their school or community. Lessons were designed for instructors to customize the experience according to students’ needs, allowing the teacher to

  • integrate this content into an existing course, or build a unit dedicated to this topic,
  • present lessons in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, and
  • accommodate different learning styles according to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework.

We encourage you to use these resources in a way that works best for you!

about En-ROADS & the climate action simulation

The Climate Impacts and Solutions with En-ROADS module centers on students’ participation in the Climate Action Simulation, an engaging activity where students play global leaders across businesses, government, and civil society who are gathered at a mock UN climate summit to negotiate a plan to limit global warming to less than 2ºC, ideally 1.5ºC. After an initial briefing, students propose policies and actions to be tested in the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator, followed by an evaluation of model results and further efforts to generate a new future climate scenario. The accompanying Teacher Guide for this module condenses Climate Interactive’s Mastering En-ROADS Training Course into a simple package of example lesson plans, google slides presentations, and students labs, so that educators spend less time training, and more time adapting resources for a fun and scientifically robust classroom experience.

En-ROADS activities support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read more here.

"WOW!"...we are on day 3 of the new climate change module and you all really did so great! As a climate researcher turned high school teacher, I can say that this module is top notch and so inclusive of all the materials needed to roll out a climate change module in my classroom!
Matthew Seal
High School Teacher

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Key Takeaways from the En-ROADS Simulator

FYI! Aside from building curriculum around engaging role-plays and interactive computer models, the Climate Change Initiative also conducts research on how simulation-based tools impact how people learn and feel about climate change causes, impacts, and solutions. Check out our Climate Simulations Research page to read more about what we’ve found so far, access the full publications, and join our research effort.

how to access the module

  • Fill out the form below to let us know who you are and how you plan to use this module.
  • We’ll send an email to your inbox with access to the Teacher Guide and opportunities for training.

Person on the Street (POS) Interview Grades 6-12

In this media project, students create a video that documents unrehearsed interviews with multiple persons-on-the-street about a specific question or issue in climate science. To produce a compelling product, students will need to both understand the underlying science themselves, and be able to conduct and document a series of interviews to elicit interviewees’ understanding of the science as well.

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Video Mash-Up (Higher Ed)

For mash-ups, students research a climate change science topic in the primary literature, write a narration, and use existing visuals and media resources to create a 4-5 minute media piece that explains their topic. This assignment can be done with minimal use of in-class time. It does not include shooting film, so the only resources needed are computers and editing software, although a microphone and audio editing software can be helpful.

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Student-Led Video Production

Student-led video production projects have strong potential to actively engage students, reinforce and expand upon science content learned through conventional pedagogical approaches. They can bring active, social, and affective learning into a wide range of instructional environments and leave students feeling empowered to share their knowledge with broader audiences. In doing so, these projects offer a means to overcome many challenges of climate change education.

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Political Economy

As warmer temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather make climate change an increasingly inescapable aspect of daily life, scientists, economists and social theorists have begun to rethink widely shared beliefs about the free market system.

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