School Resources

Resources for teachers

On this page, you will find resources that you can use to help connect students to climate change in your classroom:

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How to Teach About Climate Change

Essential background guide for teaching climate change

This document provides some best practices to inspire teachers to engage students in more climate change conversations, projects, and ultimately, action. March 2020.



Manitoba Emissions, Impacts, and Solutions:  A Climate Change Resource for Grade 5 – 12 Teachers

A great resource for Manitoba teachers to engage their students in the topic of climate change.


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Activity Sheets

These are Manitoba specific hands-on activities that can guide student learning:

Climate Action Bingo

Are you up for a challenge? Enjoy this family and classroom friendly activity that will get you thinking about climate action!


Carbon Footprint: A great activity for students to understand where emissions come from in their daily lives.

Ecological Handprint:
A positive spin on the Carbon Footprint, this “hands-on” activity asks students to self-assess all the good things they are doing for the environment, plus identify other ways they can help!

You Are What You Wear
: This interactive activity finds students checking their clothing tags as a means of understanding the impact of their fashion.

Ranking Climate Change Causes
: Are transportation emissions worse than agriculture emissions? What about factory pollution? This activity challenges students to think critically about climate change causes on a local, national, or global scale.

Food Print: In this hands-on activity, students have the opportunity to think critically about how food choices impact climate change.

Local Food = Cleaner Air: A great activity to get students thinking about cleaning our air, while learning Math, Science, Social Studies, ELA, and Art.

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Manitoba Earth Week Activities

Enjoy these family friendly activities that will get you thinking about nature:

MB Earth Week Bingo: A great activity for help families celebrate Earth Week.



MB Earth Week Scavenger Hunt:
A great activity to help families get outdoors during Earth Week.




MB Earth Week Colouring Sheets: These Manitoba wildlife are struggling to keep up with our rapidly changing climate.

Recommended activities (not Manitoba-specific and not created by us):

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These are one-sheet hand-out documents we have made available during previous Youth Conferences on Climate Change:

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Lesson plans

These are lesson plans that we recommend for study in the classroom:

  • Learning for Sustainable Futures – Lesson Plans at 
  • National Geographic Society – Multi-part lesson plans that can be adapted to suit your classroom.  Most lessons include multimedia, group work, research, and discussion ideas.
  • WWF – Provides a “Teacher Activity Guide”.  This guide gives a good background on climate change and the importance of climate education.  Activity 1: Climate Change Discussion Cards provides an easy and interactive way to start the climate change conversation in your classroom through pictures, facts, and discussion topics.
  • Chasing Ice Lesson Plan – This “Docs for Schools” educational resource is made available by to accompany the film Chasing Ice.
  • Getting The Picture: Our Changing Climate is an innovative FREE online multimedia tool for climate science education. Acclaimed photographer James Balog and his team bring you the latest in climate science education, featuring unique archives of media, film, photography and first-hand accounts of our changing climate.
  • Heat up over climate change – A resource from UNICEF exploring climate change and its effects on the world’s children.
  • Climate Change Live – The U.S. Forest Service and 26 federal and NGO partners bring climate learning to you through a series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources.
  • MY NASA DATA – The lessons featured on this page provide a few possible ideas for climate change related studies using data from NASA.
  • Thermal Expansion Model – An important part of understanding sea-level rise is understanding thermal expansion of water.  Students will build a model using everyday items to demonstrate that water expands when heat energy is added.

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Learning guides

These are resource guides that will help you shape your courses for learning outcomes related to sustainability:

  • Learning for Sustainable Futures – Resources for Rethinking (R4R) is a FREE online database where educators can search for high-quality, teacher-reviewed, curriculum-matched resources (including lesson plans, videos, children’s books, outdoor activities and apps/games) on issues related to sustainability.
  • Climate Change: Youth Guide to Action booklet (3.6 MB PDF) from Taking It Global
  • Guide for Sustainable Schools in Manitoba – The vision of this Guide is for all schools in Manitoba and their communities to be sustainable. The Guide invites schools to take a whole-school approach to sustainability by exploring sustainability through curriculum, in addition to through real-life learning experiences, improvements in school management of resources and facilities (e.g., energy, waste, water, biodiversity, schoolyard design, and purchasing of products and materials), and associated social and financial issues.
  • Learning for Sustainable Futures –
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Correlation Charts of Student Learning Outcomes – These charts show student learning outcomes as they related to Manitoba sustainable development priorities in a minimum of two factor areas. Available for download as PDFs.
  • UNESCO Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (1.3MB) – This booklet outlines the 3 objectives of the UNESCO Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development programme:
    1. Strengthen the capacity of Member States to provide quality climate change education for sustainable development
    2. Improved education policy, analysis, research and planning
    3. Encourage and enhance innovative teaching approaches to integrate climate change education for sustainable development in school curricula

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Community Connections

There are many great organizations working on climate change in Manitoba.  Many of which are willing to help schools and teachers learn more about the issues and assist in action projects.  Here are some we would like to highlight:

  • Prairie Climate Centre – PCC is committed to making climate change meaningful and relevant to Canadians from all walks of life. Check out their Climate Atlas of Canada.  It is an interactive tool to learn and climate change from coast to coast, to coast.
  • Green Action Centre – GA Centre promotes greener living through environmental education and encourages practical green solutions for schools.  Some of the programs they run are Active and Safe Routes to School, Environmental Speakers Bureau, and Composting.
  • FortWhyte Alive – FWA provides a wonderful facility for getting students out exploring nature.  Some of their programs include:  From Farm to Fork, Due North: The Changing Arctic, and Weathering the Climate.
  • Assiniboine Park and Zoo – Assiniboine Park offers many curriculum-linked, interdisciplinary programs for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. Their programs encourage a student’s inherent curiosity for the natural world and bring lessons to life.  Some of these programs include Arctic Ecology, Polar Bears, and the Role of Zoos in a Changing Climate.
  • Manitoba Eco-Network – MbEN is a non-profit that promotes positive environmental action in Manitoba.  New Resource – Navigating the Law to Protect the Environment webinar series aims to provide information to activists, lawyers, students, and community members about a variety of environmental law topics.
  • Wilderness Committee – WC has been on the ground in Manitoba, pushing for the protection of wild spaces, wild species, and healthy communities.
  • Manitoba Council for International Cooperation – MCIC engages and collaborates with Manitobans for global sustainability.  They are experts in teaching Sustainable Development Goals (check out their lessons for each SDG) and Fair Trade.
  • Winnipeg Trails Association – WTA is a non-profit organization with the goal of developing a sustainable city, with a primary focus on active transportation in the Winnipeg community.
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Manitoba Chapter – CPAWS is a champion of wilderness and parks in the province.  They are experts in communicating issues affecting our parks and wilderness areas.   Check out their Outdoor Learning Program Lesson Plans.

For more community connections check out our Connection Network page.

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There are links to a number of educational videos on the Manitoba Government’s Education for Sustainable Development – Video Resources webpage.

Below are videos that we recommend for study in the classroom:

  • Manitoba Emissions, Manitoba Solutions – This 15-minute video presents an overview of Manitoba’s greenhouse gas emission profile; where our GHG emissions come from, and what the recent trends have been. It also suggests some ideas for solutions within the Manitoba context. It was produced in 2016 and features Climate Change Connection’s own Curt Hull. If you like this presentation, we can come to you. You can request a presentation for your school, business, or organization.

  • The Implications of Climate Change in Manitoba – This 14½-minute video features Dr Danny Blair from the University of Winnipeg. Danny provides an overview of the changes that have occurred in Manitoba’s climate in the last few decades. He also uses the computer projections compiled by the Prairie Climate Centre in their Climate Atlas project to give us insight into what we might expect in the future.

  • Chasing Ice – Chasing Ice received the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. The film made its TV debut on the National Geographic Channel on April 19, 2013. Since that day, Chasing Ice has screened in more than 172 countries and on all 7 continents. (See lesson plan above.)

  • Years of Living Dangerously – Years of Living Dangerously is a 9-part Showtime documentary television series focusing on climate change that premiered on April 13, 2014. James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and clean energy investor and environmental activist Daniel Abbasi are executive producers of the series. The weekly episodes feature celebrity investigators, who each have a history of environmental activism, and well-known journalists, each of whom have a background in environmental reportage. These “correspondents” travel to areas around the world and throughout the U.S. affected by global warming to interview experts and ordinary people affected by, and seeking solutions to, the impacts of climate change.

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