Cool Your School Overview

Attention teachers and students!  Want to be a part of the global climate solution?  Turn your attention to the week of September 20-26 and join thousands of other concerned citizens taking action.

Climate Week NY°C will bring together hundreds of business and government leaders from across the world to New York City, along with thousands of everyday citizens, to participate in a series of activities designed to raise the visibility and urgency of climate change. Taking place seventy days before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, this week will offer us a last opportunity to underscore the urgency for a global climate change deal. The meetings in Copenhagen are extremely important to ensure that all countries do their part to halt the negative effects of climate change.
Teachers and students around the world have a unique opportunity to increase the impact of this week by participating in Climate Week NY°C’s “Cool Your School” initiative.  Simply by bringing climate change curriculum into classrooms and engaging students in action, schools can support this call for global climate action.   

The recommended day of action for the Cool Your School campaign is Monday, September 21st.

To register an activity, email


Climate Week NYC is a partnership between the 
City of New York, United Nations, UN Foundation,
The Climate Group, the Tcktcktck Campaign and Carbon Disclosure Project.

Cool Your School Toolkit:  This toolkit is an overview of the major activities you can involve your students in during Climate Week.  It outlines climate lesson plans, a waterline project, an international day of action, and climate quilting. 

Climate Lesson Plans-Grades 3-6:  This 3-6 grade curriculum consists of five 30-50 minute lessons and makes an ideal week long curriculum for science or reading class.  For a 1-2 day lesson, we recommend Lesson 2: What is Climate Change? for an introduction to climate change and/or Lesson 3: Climate Change Action where students can begin to identify solutions.

Climate Lesson Plans-Grades 6-12:  This 6-12 grade curriculum consists of six 40 minute lessons covering the earth's atmoshere, emissions, communities of living things, implications of warming, regional effects and action.  Lessons 1 and 2 are recommended for introductory lessons. Lesson 5 demonstrates how climate change will be felt in different parts of the world. 

Worldwatch Climate Reference Guide:  This reference guide is an easy-to-read overview of climate science for grades 9-12.  This document also contains many charts and graphs that can be used for math problem solving (double bar graph, line graph, pie chart, temperature conversion and estimation) for grades 4-8.

Climate Change, Children, and Youth Impacts:  This 9-12 grade curriculum helps students understand the impact of climate change on children and youth around the world.  Lessons topics include food security, health, natural disasters, natural environment, water and energy and can be used in science, biology, environmental science, reading, health, government and geography classes.

New York Climate Change Report:  This report does not contain lesson plans, but can be used for reading exercises and to educate students about the climate change impacts and sea level rise potential in New York City.  Charts and graphs that can be adapted for math lessons can be found starting on p. 34.


Links you may find useful:  Visit the Climate Week NYC website to find out about all the Climate Week activities.  Connect to the national campaign helping to sponsor Climate Week.  Visit the Climate Quilt website to to get your students involved in this project.  Visit the Facing the Future website to browse a variety of curriculum on issues of global sustainability. Visit the Rainforest Alliance site to find K-8 curriculum related to rainforests.