Climate Change for Kids



The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) is being held in Paris from November 30th to December 11th.

To coincide with this important event, this week’s featured book is:

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate.

This books gives you the  science behind the headlines — evidence from flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers, and much more, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with the assistance of young “citizen-scientists.”

CLIMT2We know it’s important to share environmental issues with children with care. Read Climate Change Made Age-Appropriate.


CLIMTG_StoreFEATURED LESSON PLAN: Disappearing Glaciers

(from A Teacher’s Guide to How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate)

This lesson begins with a kinesthetic activity having student groups pantomime the life of a glacier. Then, either individually or with a partner, students compare photographs of a glacier over a time span of 88 years. They create a Venn diagram of the similarities and differences between the photos. Go to the sample pages of the teacher’s guide and scroll down to the  Disappearing Glaciers Lesson Plan.



Lynne Cherry is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children. Cherry_smallHer best-selling books such as The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild teach children to respect the earth. Lynne lectures widely – and passionately – about how children can make a difference in a democratic society. If they feel strongly about something, they can change the world. She explains to educators how using nature to integrate curriculum makes a child’s learning relevant. Lynne’s books were inspired by her love of the natural world and she is an avid canoeist and hiker. How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate is Lynne’s first book with Dawn Publications.

Visit Lynne Cherry’s website here.



subscribe     Blog by Carol Malnor I love making connections: kids and nature, science and reading, fun and learning. I discovered the joy of connecting Dawn Publications' books with kids when I was a classroom teacher. Dawn's books were easy to incorporate into my lessons and the kids loved them. I used picture books with students of all ages, from primary school all the way up through 9th grade. Over the years, my relationship with Dawn changed and developed, and I authored Dawn’s Teacher’s Guides as well as writing books for children 4-14 years old. ARTICLE How to Use Creative Nonfiction Picture Books in Support of Common Core and Science ACTIVITIES Dawn Publications STANDARDS Common Core State Standards Next Generation Science Standards National Science Teachers Association Picture Perfect Science   OTHER FAVORITES Dawn Publications Children and Nature Network
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