All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal with Climate Change

All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal with Climate Change by Leslie Davenport is a book written for kids that is designed to help them examine and work through their feelings and emotions about our changing climate. Just looking at the chapter titles gives a sense of what this book is about:


Chapter 1: How We Know What We Know

Chapter 2: The Earth is Heating Up

Chapter 3: Everything is Connected

Chapter 4: Eco-Justice

Chapter 5: Making the World Healthier Together

In my work with classroom teachers it is common to hear a certain amount of hesitancy in engaging students (especially younger students) with learning about climate. The thought being that the content is too heavy and overwhelming. This book might be a great resource for thinking about how to tackle learning about climate head on with a solution-oriented frame and also dealing with our feelings about it.

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BSCS: Limited Time FREE Access to Videoverse

As an educator of preservice teachers and a consultant working with inservice teachers I’m always on the lookout for FREE quality videos of science instruction. There are some entities that have great videos but they are now behind a subscription wall (I’m looking at you Teaching Channel). So when I saw that BSCS was offering FREE subscriptions for their BSCS Videoverse platform I quickly jumped on it.

Now, I will admit that I have only signed up today so I haven’t had time to give the videos a thorough review but I’m encouraged by the mix of videos at multiple grade bands. Videos are organized by different practices and instructional moves such as Revealing Student Ideas and Using Models and Representations. There are also places where multiple short clips from the same lesson have been collated together for viewing.

To sign up click HERE and then you’ll be directed to enter your name, email and make a password. If you enter the code FREEACCESS you will not need to enter any credit card information.

NSTA Sensemaking Toolkit

The National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) has a collection of sensemaking resources called the Sensemaking Toolkit. You will find resources on “what is sensemaking?” along with tips and links to multiple resources on phenomena, student ideas, science ideas, and science and engineering practices.

One of my favorite tools here is the Single-Point Rubric for Sensemaking Lessons. View HERE as a Google Doc. This rubric can help us evaluate our sensemaking lessons to make them more powerful experiences for students.

River Runner Simulation

Here’s a fun simulation for a Tuesday. Visit River Runner and then click anywhere on the map to place a single raindrop. The simulation then shows you where the raindrop ends up. Enjoy.

Talk Science: Resources for Empowering Conversations about Climate Change

Talk Climate is an ambitious set of resources designed to empower schools, homes, communities and workplaces to engage in productive conversations about our changing climate.

The core resources are divided into 5 age-based categories:

Each age-group page provides a detailed list of resources including videos, books, articles, and other organizations to connect with.

You will also find climate resources for education, environmental justice, faith and spirituality, healthcare, mental health and science.

Talk Climate a site you must add to your climate change bookmarks. Enjoy!

5 Fun Physics Phenomena

Just something fun from Veritasium today.

Video: There’s Hope in the Latest Climate Report

See the video below by SciShow titled There’s Hope in the Latest Climate Report.

Video: How We Fix the Climate

If you have spent any time with the release of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change there is a chance that you came away with a “doom and gloom” feeling about the future of our planet. In an effort to offset this, I plan to share some resources in the coming weeks that might help us feel inspired, empowered, hopeful, knowledgable and ready to tackle the climate-related problems in front of us.

Below is a video by Hank Green titled How We Fix the Climate. Enjoy.

Taking Stock of Science Standards Implementation Summit (Oct. 14-15)

The Board on Science Education for the National Academies is providing a 2-day event on October 14-15, 2021. The meeting is open to the public and you can attend in person or virtually. The focus will be on examining the current state of science standard implementation across the country and will also dig into possible next steps and ways to improve implementation efforts.

Click HERE for more information and to register for the event.

When you register you will be given choices for breakout sessions on each day.

October 14:

  • Early Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Informal Education

October 15:

  • Preschool to Elementary Transition
  • Curriculum and Instructional Materials
  • Formative Assessment
  • Instructional Practices

Fred Hutch: Socially Relevant Biology Lessons

Fred Hutch has an excellent assortment of socially relevant secondary life science lessons on their Science Education Partnership page. You will find units on:

  • DNA Exonerations
  • Race, Racism, and Genetics
  • COVID 19 Testing and Inequalities
  • Elephant Conservation

In my work, I find that some folks need examples of what social justice learning might look like in relationship to science. These units provide thoughtfully constructed learning experiences from experts in life sciences.

Click the screenshot below (or HERE) to learn more about these units of instruction.