What is the Educator's Toolkit?
The Educator's Toolkit accompanies A Climate for Change, a documentary series produced by Green Island Films and broadcast on Hawaii News Now in 2020.
The Toolkit provides educators with project ideas to engage in student-centered conversations and action around climate change in Hawaii.
The Toolkit is a compilation of resources, project ideas, and strategies for teachers to use in conjunction with the film to teach climate change.
How do I use this toolkit?
Start by watching A Climate for Change. Think about the themes and topics that you would want to try to bring into your classroom.
Then, explore the project library to see what types of projects are available. Think about how a certain project could fit into something you already teach, and go from there!
The projects in the toolkit can be implemented as-is (with few or no changes), or with many modifications to fit your needs.
Once you’ve implemented a project, let us know how it went.
Hawaii educators, students and community members came together in early 2020 to brainstorm and develop the initial project ideas you'll find here! By using the Climate Action Lens we ensured that the impact of projects were considered from multiple narratives and perspectives.
Educators are invited to use the Climate Action Lens with their students.
Projects are grounded in Common Core for ELA and Math, C3 Framework for Social Studies, and NGSS for Science Standards, widely used in Hawaii Public Schools. All projects come with rubrics, formative assessments and final product ideas, open to modification and adaptation by teachers.
Middle School Focus
Why Middle School? As you'll see, all of the projects in the Educator's Toolkit are designed with Hawaii's 6-8th grade keiki in mind. Middle school is an essential time to engage students in a meaningful way that connects them to their learning. Using the PBL model, the Educator's Toolkit gives teachers the tools they need to engage students in exciting, interdisciplinary learning opportunities that connect students to their communities.
All project can be modified by the user for younger or older students!
Mahalo to all of the educators, community members, organizations and students who contributed to the development of these projects:
The Umi Project
Blue Planet Foundation
Institute for Peace and Climate
Pacific Blue Studios
Le Jardin Academy
Dr. Kay Sturm
Dr. Tammy Jones
Dr. Kay Fukuda
Dr. Chip Fletcher
Dr. Ruth Fletcher