Top 5 Media Literacy Resources for Environmental Science

Science literacy skills are grounded in the ability to evaluate data, build arguments based on evidence and clearly communicate those ideas to others. And our current environmental challenges make this more crucial than ever. Media literacy strengthens these skills by giving students modern tools, such as podcasts, infographics and map-making, to demonstrate the science concepts they are learning.

Whether you’re looking to learn new skills yourself or want some fresh content that’ll generate lively engagement in your classroom, we’ve got you covered. Our free resources for science teachers will help you integrate media literacy into lessons on the environment, climate, carbon tracking and more.

Professional Development

In the Classroom
Read first-hand accounts of how two science teachers have implemented media-making in their classrooms by having their students track carbon footprints with interactive maps and film climate change PSAs.

KQED Teach: Making Interactive Maps
This online course will teach you how to bring map-making into your classroom and start your students on projects such as identifying pollutants in your neighborhood or mapping the carbon footprint of a product.

Classroom Resources

KQED Learn
Our Above the Noise videos for middle and high school students prompt discussions that require students to analyze information about environmental topics and build arguments supported by evidence. Try one of these for starters: “Is Earth Running Out of Water?” or “Is Carbon Tax the Best Way to Slow Climate Change?"


Earth Day Video Collection
Every day is Earth Day with this video collection for grades 4 and up that covers a range of topics like the history of the environmental movement, environmental justice implications of pollution and waste disposal, and the role of new technologies in conservation efforts.

Engineering for Good
In this 3-week project-based learning unit for middle school science classrooms, students go through the engineering design process to develop solutions for negative impacts of plastic on the environment. The project culminates in students making short videos to communicate their solutions.