In this lesson, students analyze how misinformation about climate change spreads in different forms of media.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students analyze a Google Image search of scientists and discuss true/false statements about the nature of science.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students work in groups using provided resources to answer the question, “Why are some people climate change skeptics?”
Step 3 - Inspire: Students select and analyze a piece of media for the accuracy of its climate science and discuss the effect on its audience.
This lesson allows for lots of student choice and voice.
This lesson can easily fit at any point of the year in any science or language course.
This could be a standalone lesson or done as part of a research unit.
Students love doing this project and find it very engaging!
This lesson requires students to have a general understanding of climate science.
Students need to use research skills in order to complete the project.
Students need a device and the internet to access the resources and complete the project.
The jigsaw resources are very different and can allow for students to be assigned to an appropriate resource for their level.
Depending on the research skills of your students, more or less guidance and in-class time may be necessary for the project.
Different modes of sharing the project are possible, including in-class presentations, screencasts, gallery walks, etc.
This lesson promotes students' critical thinking skills through the use of true/false questions followed by group discussion concerning the reliability of information, what type of people provide information, and how one’s knowledge can change. After a group activity, students discuss why they believe people are skeptical of climate change and how misunderstanding science and the role of the media perpetuate climate change denial. Students are then encouraged to investigate their own piece of media, assessing the validity of the piece in its relationship to climate change. The included videos and quotes are credible and well-sourced. This would be a great lesson for older students concerning not only climate change but how to determine the reliability of information.