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  • Climate Science

Regional Focus

  • North America
  • United States

Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2020

Authors: Jennifer Marlon, Peter Howe
Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Civics, Geography
Resource Type:
  • Interactive Media
Synopsis
  • This interactive map shows polling data about climate change mapped to different U.S. geographical areas. 
  • A great way for students to see how opinions about climate change are the same or different across the country. 
  • Includes a description of the survey and how it was administered. 
Teaching Tips

Positives 

  • This data shows the strong belief in the U.S. that climate change is real, which is often not the perception of U.S. opinion.  
  • This resource is also a great jumping off point for discussions about polling, data science, and the connection between public opinion and government policy.

Prerequisites 

  • Students should have some understanding of the differences between counties, metro areas, and congressional districts.

Differentiation 

  • Some students will need guiding questions and more time to process before discussing. There is a lot of data that can be viewed, so give some guidance or direction for what students should do when at the site.
Scientist Notes
This article presents data on the perception of global warming in U.S. counties, cities and states. The 999 bootstrap simulation used to visualize the map showed 95% confidence level, indicating accuracy of the entire dataset across Columbus, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, San Francisco, and California. Thus I recommend this resource to educate students to understand the belief patterns, perception risk, and opinions on global warming in the USA and the consequences if urgent action is not taken.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.*

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