Resources for Students, Educators, & Families

🌍EI LIVE K12 Events Spring 2022

How Do We Know the Temperature of the Earth?

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45pm ET - RSVP

Presenter: Nathan Lenssen, PhD Candidate, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Grades 9-12

Over the past 150 years, human emissions of greenhouse gases have led to increased global temperatures. In this session, we will explore the history of these calculations, discuss how scientists currently calculate changes in the Earth's temperature, show how confident these calculations are, and discuss the various sources of data used to calculate and verify the temperature record over the past 150+ years.


Natural History of the Hudson River

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45pm ET - RSVP

Presenter: Frank Nitsche, Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Grades 9-12

During this session, we will explore how nature has influenced human use of the estuary and how human beings have shaped nature in the context of the Hudson River. Learn about the development of the Hudson River since the ice ages, how its location and nature drove European settlements along the river, and how human beings have made changes to the river to further development.


Can You Outsmart Disaster? Make Your National Disaster Plan with an Uncertain Forecast

Presenter: Dan Osgood, Lead Scientist, Financial Instruments Sector Team, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Grades 6-12

Governments can take action to prepare for disasters, like national droughts, if they know the disaster is coming. Unfortunately, forecasts for disasters are uncertain probabilities. In this session, you will work with the tools that real government leaders around the world are using to make the tough choices between failing to act, and acting in vain.


River to Reef: Using the Coral Time Machine to Learn About the Coast

Presenter: Logan Brenner, Assistant Professor, Barnard College

Grades 6-12

Corals might look just like rocks, but they are living animals that grow their own stony skeleton. In this session we will explore how the chemical components of this hard skeleton can tell us about the coastal conditions in which the coral grew. We will focus on how corals can take us back in time and tell us the history of nearby rivers.


What Was the Little Ice Age Climate Period from the 14th to 19th Centuries and Why Do We Care?

Presenter: Mike Kaplan, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Grades 9-12

Before the 20th century, from about 1400 AD to 1900 AD, glaciers were larger and climate was much colder than present. This period is known as the Little Ice Age in Europe and North America, and studying it might help us learn about present climate changes.


Climate Change Conversations: Decoding Perspectives and Facilitating Engagement

Presenter: Joshua DeVincenzo, Senior Instructional Designer, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Grades 8-12

This interactive session will allow students to understand a variety of perspectives people hold on climate change. Students will gain a toolkit of communication strategies for engaging in difficult conversations around climate change with people who may or may not agree with them. By the end of the session, students will have practice addressing climate skepticism and acquire skills to steer the conversation into a learning opportunity.


Solving Mysteries of the Past-Tree Rings & Archaeology

Presenter: Cari Leland, Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Grades 3-5

Did you know that we can learn about the history of wooden material and artifacts through studying their tree rings? In this talk, students will explore how scientists study tree rings from historical structures to uncover mysteries of the past.


Coral Chemistry and Paleohydrology

Presenter: Brad Linsley, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Grades 9-12 (and undergraduates)

In this session, we will discuss how Panamá coral skeletal barium concentration and oxygen isotopic ratios can be used to reconstruct near-monthly resolved changes in river discharge and hydrology back to the early 1700s CE. We will evaluate the implications of the paleohydrology results for understanding El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) effects on Central American drought cyclicity and the long-term management of the Panamá Canal.


Using Tools to Explore the Changes of the Polar Regions

Presenter: Margie Turrin, Director of Educational Field Programs and Laurel Zaima, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Grades 6-12

The polar regions are extremely dynamic with the ice always changing and flowing in response to forces, including climate change. This session focuses on empowering students with accessible and user-friendly remote sensing tools that allow them to explore, observe, and make hypotheses about our ever-changing world.


🌍Earth Day & STEM Resources

Kahoot! Climate Challenge

Test your knowledge of the social, economic, and environmental aspects of climate change in this series of Kahoot! quizzes by Columbia University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Center for Sustainable Development - Teach SDG 4.7 for a Sustainable Future

Learn how to integrate climate change education across curriculum and education spaces in our free course SDG 4.7 Across Curriculum & Education Spaces on Udemy. The course brings together voices of various experts to share key pedagogies and approaches, lesson planning tips and resources, ideas for connecting classrooms to communities, and suggestions for monitoring and measuring progress.

We also invite you to co-create content with us. We are accepting submissions of lesson plans and resources for teaching SDG 4.7 through the lens of real-life case studies of SDG solutions in action. These lessons and resources will be shared through a forthcoming online portal.

Visit our Contributors Hub, including resources for learning more about the SDGs, and a video tutorial and toolkit to help with brainstorming lesson ideas. 


American Museum of Natural History

AMNH EarthFest 2021 - Family-friendly online content honoring our planet.

AMNH Explore - Content on biodiversity, data visualizations, and virtual field trips.

Causes of Climate and Climate Change - Exhibit on how climate works, our warming world, and consequences of climate change.


Museum of the City of New York

Earth Day Storytime - All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff and City Green.

Art Making and Matching Game Activity - Animal puppet recycled craft and recycling skills matching game.

Rising Sea Levels and New York City - Image exploration and game.

Activist Biographies - Profiles of kids working to fight climate change through environmental activism.


Nature Conservancy

Nature Lab - Youth curriculum platform that focuses on topics like sustainability, ecosystems, and renewable energies.


Environmental Protection Agency

Earth Day - Projects and ideas to celebrate Earth Day.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

50 Earth Day Tips - Tips to help you be a steward of the Earth and live sustainably.


New York Hall of Science

Science at Home - Fun at-home games, activities, experiments, and projects.


Teach the Earth

Teaching Geoscience Online - Resources and a platform for educators to teach Earth science.