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The climate in our hands - Ocean and Cryosphere

The climate in our hands - Ocean and Cryosphere is the first teacher's guide book of the collection “The climate in our hands”, a series of volumes on the topic of climate change. It has been researched and written by the OCE team and the OCE’s scientific and education partners.

This multidisciplinary guide is aimed at primary and middle school teachers (target: students aged 9 to 15) and offers turnkey sessions based on the investigative approach to help students understand climate change and the functioning of the oceans and cryosphere, through experiments or document analysis.  It concludes with proposals for mitigation or adaptation measures to be implemented in their schools or communities.

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: the lesson plan. A series of lessons are proposed, following the natural path of reasoning of the students. 
  • 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. 


couverture guide


A spreadsheet version of the Worksheet E3.1 is available in 2 different formats : Excel and OpenDocument (see Part 1, lesson E3 "climate justice").

Different videos and multimedia activities are proposed with the guide book to further extend the learning experience.



How to use "The Climate in our hands - Ocean and Crysophere" ?

In this video, Djian Sadadou, Communication Officer at the OCE guide you through your use of the teacher's guidebook. 

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