Learning happens best when teachers actively engage students’ prior knowledge and view it as an asset for learning. Through examples and critical reflection, this practice brief explores what it means to engage students’ funds of knowledge, including culture and first language, to enhance learning.
Indigenous peoples have deep knowledge about their environments and have developed ways of living that reflect these understandings. This practice brief explores this knowledge, referred to as local ecological knowledge (LEK), and its connection to deepening learning and teaching about climate science.
The Pacific islands face numerous climatic threats. However, effective climate education is notoriously difficult as concepts such as the global climate system and long-term climate change often appear abstract and technical. A promising antidote to these liabilities is a place-based approach that links significant local places to the visible effects of climate change. This Practice Brief documents place-based climate education initiatives […]
How is climate change affecting the Republic of Palau? This booklet by Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher and Dr. Art Sussman can help teachers and students understand the climate in Palau, and why climate is changing locally and globally. It also explains the impacts of global climate change on Palau’s ecosystems and communities. Information on other […]
How is climate change affecting the Federated States of Micronesia? This booklet by Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher and Dr. Art Sussman can help teachers and students understand the climate in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM; states of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae), and why climate is changing locally and globally. It also explains the […]
Adaptations—Finding a Fit in the Changing World is full of colorful pictures about how living things are adapted to meet their basic needs in the places they live. Children will be fascinated to learn that some plants have developed chemicals so that animals that share their environment will not eat them. Children will also learn that there […]
Mangroves—Living on the Edge in a Changing Climate offers readers of all ages a fascinating journey through the inner worlds of the mangroves. Intricate adaptations and unexpected habitats emerge from the pages of the swamp, unsettling the reader into realizing the incredible value of this island ecosystem. Mangroves provide many resources for local communities, and […]
This interactive activity examines the three primary ecosystems of Pacific high islands and atolls. These ecosystems—terrestrial, coastal, and reef—provide many services to island communities. However, they also face threats from both human activities and climate change. The interactive activity details the services and the threats. It also provides real-life examples of Pacific Island communities that […]
This booklet was developed as part of an outreach toolkit for community based climate change adaptation in Micronesia. The whole toolkit (booklet, flipchart, and facilitators’ notes) is meant to motivate leaders to take action and be involved in climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning in a meaningful way and to engage the community in adaptation […]
This interactive is a collection of 4 videos adapted from the Micronesia Conservation Trust examine environmental changes occurring in Micronesia and the steps people are taking to respond to them. In “The Problem,” fishermen discuss why things are “not right” in Micronesia; for example, fish stocks are declining and coral reefs are dying. In “The Cause,” we […]