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Teacher's Guidebook: Oceans and the Cryosphere

Teaching Module

The Office for Climate Education (OCE) presents a Teacher’s Guidebook that aims to support teachers in carrying out various activities on climate change and the ocean and cryosphere in their classrooms, and targets students of ages 9 to 15.

The guidebook contains activities which aim to developing scientific knowledge, but also environmental awareness and life skills, such as creative and critical thinking, decision-making and interpersonal skills. The resource is multidisciplinary, covering different disciplines of the natural and social sciences, arts and physical education.

The guide book includes four main parts:

  • Scientific Overview: a teacher-friendly overview of the scientific background needed in order to master the topics that will be discussed in the lessons;
  • Pedagogical Overview: a brief overview of the different approaches to learning that are proposed in the guidebook, as well as some hints on how to make the best out of this teaching resource;
  • Part 1 – We understand: a series of lessons are proposed, following the natural path of reasoning of the students which include different approaches to learning
  • Part 2 – We act: this second part of the class activities builds up on the knowledge and skills acquired in Part 1, and proposes a project-based learning approach.
About Tool
Tool Name The climate in our hands – Ocean and Cryosphere
Discipline Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Adaptation and Mitigation, Hydrosphere, Sea Level Rise, Greenhouse Effect, Mitigation and adaptation, Creative and Critical Thinking
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere, Climate and the Cryosphere, Climate and the Hydrosphere
Type of tool Teaching Module
Grade Level High School
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by OCE team and the OCE’s scientific and education partners
Hosted at OCE Website
Access Online, Offline, Download here
Computer Skills Basic


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