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Climate change can be taught as a means of achieving National Science Education Standards or state science standards.  The following links may be of help in developing correlations between resources found on the Climate Change LIVE web site and science standards.

U.S.Global Change Research Program / Climate Change Science Program
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/Literacy/
Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences
Climate Science Literacy is an understanding of your influence on climate and climate’s influence on you and societyThis is a link for a pamphlet, which promotes climate literacy.  A climate-literate person:

• understands the essential principles of Earth’s climate system
• knows how to assess scientifically credible information about climate
• communicates about climate and climate change in a meaningful way
• is able to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to actions that may affect climate.

Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change: An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change, from Project 2061 at AAAS
http://www.project2061.org/publications/guides/climate.pdf
A long-term initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Project 2061’s mission is to help all Americans become literate in science, mathematics, and technology. To that end, Project 2061 conducts research and develops tools and services that educators, researchers, and policymakers can use to make critical and lasting improvements in the nation’s education system.

National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA
http://www.nwf.org/Global-Warming/School-Solutions/Eco-Schools-USA/About-Eco-Schools-USA/National-Science-Education-Standards.aspx
National Wildlife Federation’sEco-Schools USA is a holistic program that strives to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and culture of a school. NWF has identified various areas of primary focus or “pathways” to help a school become an Eco-School. To assist educators in weaving the Eco-Schools USA program into their existing curriculum, each of these pathways has been aligned to the National Science Education Standards from which all states base their state standards. 

Please see the PDF documents below for connections, by grade level, between the Eco-Schools USA pathways and the content areas of the standards.
K-4 Eco-Schools USA Standards Alignment
5-8 Eco-Schools USA Standards Alignment
9-12 Eco-Schools USA Standards Alignment

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