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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 30 minutes
  • Lesson Plans
  • Worksheets
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

PDF

Navigating the Yale Climate Opinion Maps

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Synopsis
  • This activity guides students through a series of questions related to the Yale Climate Opinion Maps, focusing on Louisiana data.
  • Students will also get to put themselves in the place of the governor of Louisiana and make several climate policy decisions based on their constituents' climate opinions. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The Student Page is a fillable pdf, so students can type directly on the document.
  • The Educator Page has an answer key for the Student Page.

Additional Prerequisites

  • While the Student Page pdf is fillable, question #14 asks students to draw a picture, which students will need to do on paper.

Differentiation

  • Students can complete this activity individually, in pairs, or small groups.
  • Civics and government classes could use this activity to discuss how policy-makers identify and pursue policies they believe will pass.
  • Students could discuss why certain regions of the United States hold non-scientific opinions. The class could make a list of reasons why people might mistrust climate science.
  • Other resources on this topic include this ClimateScience course on climate politics, this lesson on fighting climate myths, and this lesson on researching the history of climate policies.

Scientist Notes
Students can compare beliefs on climate awareness, etc. from Americans using opinion interactive maps at the state, national, and local levels. There is no contradiction in the datasets and this resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
      • D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
      • D2.Civ.11.9-12 Evaluate multiple procedures for making governmental decisions at the local, state, national, and international levels in terms of the civic purposes achieved.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.5 Use data from a randomized experiment to compare two treatments; use simulations to decide if differences between parameters are significant.
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