Teaching Materials

This section of the website presents curriculum materials based on scientific findings of the Eaclipse project and other sources. The curriculum materials link the contemporary science issues of interaction between climate change and human activity that are the focus of the project with K-12 education in the U.S. and with training of future secondary school teachers in Tanzania.

The K-12 materials have been prepared to meet Michigan and U.S. national middle and high school standards in science and social science; the standards are made explicit for each module. The lessons are designed to be used singly or as an integrated set and include a variety of pedagogical approaches and activities that will engage students and promote active learning. The curriculum materials were written by two master teachers, Barbara Naess and Dwight Sieggreen, and an education consultant, Courtney Peterson, each of whom has experience both with curriculum development and in East Africa.

In Tanzania, the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) is introducing a new course on East Africa and Climate Change that is being prepared with the EACLIPSE Project. The materials have been prepared by two lecturers at DUCE, one of whom, Dominick Lukiko, is responsible for teaching the course in Climate Change and the other, Josta Nzilano, is responsible for pedagogical training of secondary school teachers who will bring knowledge of climate change to the schools where they will teach.

Teaching Aids for U.S. Middle and High Schools

The Unit below has been tested in Michigan middle schools, and has been presented in several education and teacher conferences and teacher training activities. The Lessons and suppplementary materials will all be freely available in a downloadable, printable format on this website.

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The East Africa Climate, People, Livestock & Savanna Ecosystems (EACLIPSE) Project
State of Michigan Standards

Overview: East Africa Climate Change Curriculum Unit

Prezi Lessons

Additional Materials:

Modules for Teacher-training in Tanzania

The Modules below are for a new East Africa and Climate Change course at DUCE being taught to future secondary school teachers (DUCE is a secondary school teacher-training university).

  • 1: East Africa Weather and Climate Dynamics
  • 2: Ecological Systems of East Africa
  • 3: Agricultural Systems
  • 4: What is Climate Change
  • 5: Impacts of Climate Change
  • 6: Adaptive Mechanisms and Mitigation to Climate Change
  • 7: Population and Environments of Tanzania
  • 8: Land Use Changes in Tanzania
  • 9: Politics of Climate Change
  • 10: Tanzania’s State of the Environment, Poverty and the Way Forward

The Curriculum Writing Team


Barbara Naess has an M.S. in International Agricultural Development and worked in Kenya, Guinea, and Guatemala. She also has an M.Ed. Instructional Leadership-Elementary Education from the University of Chicago and an MS International Agricultural Development/Agronomy from the University of California, Davis and currently teaches at Honey Creek Community School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dwight Sieggreen has taught science for 41 years in the Northville Public Schools District, Michigan. He is currently Science Consultant for the Detroit Zoological Society and is a past member of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council. He is a member of the Sally Ride Science National Advisory Board, and past president of the Michigan Science Teachers Association, National Middle Level Science Teachers Association and the National Association of Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Science Teaching. He has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Northville Education Foundation.

Courtney Peterson is an Environmental Education Consultant based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has taught science in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, and has a Michigan K-8 teacher certification. She has worked as a curriculum consultant for a range of organizations including NYC Audubon, Urban Divers, and Michigan State University. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from New York University (NYU) and is currently a PhD student in Science Education at Michigan State University.


Dominick Lukiko is Assistant Lecturer in the Geography Department of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at DUCE where he is responsible for teaching courses in Climate Change and remote sensing.

Josta Nzilano is Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching of the Faculty of Education at DUCE where he is responsible for teaching courses on pedagogical methods. He teams with Dominick Lukiko on training undergraduate teacher trainees re teaching about Climate Change.