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8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Engineering, Climate Action

Resource Types

  • Data
  • Interactive Media
  • Article
  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Video, 3 minutes, 10 seconds, CC
  • Video, 1 minute, 42 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Climate Resilience Toolkit

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  • This overview of the toolikit provides articles, videos, maps, reports, and other information about the threats of climate change and the vulnerabilities of communities.
  • Students will learn about what climate resilience is, how to improve it, and how different parts of the country are impacted by climate change differently. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is a wealth of information about climate resilience and could be used to facilitate an entire unit.
  • Students will benefit from the layout of this toolkit, as it is broken into manageable parts that build upon the previous sections. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Before using this toolkit, be sure that students have a basic understanding of climate change and the threats that a changing climate poses. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes considering how human health will be impacted by climate change.
  • This resource is an excellent place for preliminary reading and learning about many topics dealing with climate change.
  • This resource would work well for student research projects, where each student has a different aspect of the resource to learn about and create a written or digital products to showcase their learning. 
  • The regional reports are especially beneficial when talking about how climate change is impacting different areas of the United States or they can be used for students to study resilience where they live.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Climate.gov is a wide-ranging toolkit designed to teach the facts of climate change and to provide a framework for building climate resilience. The toolkit is based around the five steps to resilience and features reports, case studies, and a wealth of data. The climate explorer tool is a wonderful resource that shows historic and projected conditions for every county in the contiguous United States, providing an opportunity for students to see climate change in their own hometowns and project what future threats may impact their community. For students studying geography, an ArcGIS tutorial is included with a focus on community action, urban planning, and natural resource management. This resource is filled with up-to-date climate data and tools to aid in planning for climate resilience, and is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.1.6-8 Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.12.6-8 Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use in particular places.
      • D2.Geo.4.9-12 Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.
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