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New York DEP

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts

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Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York

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Educating Others About Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • In this lesson, students learn about common misconceptions that contribute to climate change denial and practice responding to these claims by creating a comic strip that addresses climate denial.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students can use what they learn in this lesson to have important conversations with climate deniers in their community.
  • This lesson uses the resource Have the Talk: Climate Conversations Guide to provide a detailed framework for how students can have productive conversations using OARTAC (Open, Ask, Reflect, Tell, Ask, Close).

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the basics of climate change and global warming to support this activity.
  • The link to the Yale Climate Opinion Map is broken. This can be found here
  • The Psychology of Climate Change Communication link is broken.

Differentiation

  • The lesson includes two extension activities that can be used to deepen the lesson, for early finishers, or to be assigned as homework.
  • Challenge students to have actual conversations with people in their community using the framework provided and report back on how it went.
  • Teachers can display the comic strips in the classroom or around the school. Students can then vote on their favorite comics to be published on the school website or in a newsletter.
Scientist Notes
Teachers can help students think critically about climate change and how the public is informed about the concerns surrounding it by using the lesson plan from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • VA:Cr1.1.6a Combine concepts collaboratively to generate innovative ideas for creating art.
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