Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 15 pages.
A lesson examining the motives, goals, and environmental consequences of the coal mining industry.
Teaching Activity. By Abby Mac Phail. 17 pages.
Role play on the Keystone XL Pipeline battle.
Teaching Activity. By Julie Treick O’Neill and Tim Swinehart. 16 pages.
A role play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting.
Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 13 pages.
Through encountering “clues,” students probe the dangerous link between fossil fuels, carbon, and climate change.
Teaching Activity. By Brady Bennon. 7 pages.
A high school humanities teacher introduces students to the human cost of climate change, building empathy for climate change refugees like those in the island nation of Kiribati.
Article by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. Teaching activity by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Bill Bigelow, and Andrew Duden. 15 pages.
A role play helps students recognize the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart. 2014. 400 pages.
Articles, student readings, and teaching activities to understand environmental problems and imagine solutions.
Teaching Guide. By Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn. 2001. 80 pages.
Primer to help teachers explore issues around climate change.
Teaching Guide. Published by Rethinking Schools. Summer 2009.
A collection of articles that explore the connection between schools and the environmental crisis.
Website with teaching guide. 2007.
Classroom resources on Hurricane Katrina.
Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Summer 2011.
Rethinking Schools exposes links between Scholastic and the coal industry.
Book – Non-fiction. By Eric Schlosser. 2006. 318 pages.
Geared to the young consumer, takes a bite out of fast-food industry.
Book – Non-fiction. By Mark Nowak. 2009. 190 pages.
An expose of the coal industry using a combination of poetry, images, first person testimonies, and newspaper accounts.
Book – Non-fiction. By Bill McKibben. 288 pages. 2011.
A guide to living on and healing a fundamentally altered planet.
Book – Non-fiction. By Paul Fleischman. 2014. 208 pages.
A young adult primer on the environmental crisis.
Book – Non-fiction. By Harriet Rohmer. 2009. 109 pages.
Presents the true stories of 12 people across North America who are challenging environmental devastation. Written for middle school readers.
Book – Non-fiction. By Lynne Cherry and Garry Braasch. 2008. 56 pages.
The science behind the climate change headlines, geared for young people.
Book – Non-fiction. By Thomas Locker and Joseph Bruchac. 2009. 32 pages.
The life of environmental activist Rachel Carson for upper elementary.
Book – Non-fiction. By Jeff Biggers. 2014 (2nd edition). 328 pages.
The untold history of coal mining in the U.S. through the lens of race, labor, and the environment.
Book – Non-fiction. By Rachel Carson. 1998 (originally 1964). 112 pages.
An antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson views as essential to life.
Book – Non-fiction. By Naomi Klein. 2015. 576 pages.
Naomi Klein tackles the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.
Book – Non-fiction. Brooke Shelby Biggs and Anita Roddick. 2004. 144 pages.
Compelling facts, figures, and illustrations about water in everyday life.