Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunity Climate Change: Lesson 1 Scientific Consensus

This activity has students examine the misconception that there is no scientific consensus on climate change. Students explore temperature data and report their conclusions to the class. Then students examine techniques of science denial and examine a claim about scientific consensus.

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National Center for Science Education

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A supplemental materials guide helps teachers adapt this lesson to various student ability levels and can be found on the resource website.

Other additional materials, a webinar about this lesson, and related lessons can be found on the website for the larger unit: [link https://ncse.ngo/supporting-teachers/classroom-resources]

Students will need some background knowledge about the greenhouse effect and the structure of the atmosphere to successfully do this activity. The activity will require some additional resources to meet the lesson plan objectives. Basic graph reading and interpretation skills are required. Recommend re-organizing reading and associated graphs for each student team.

This lesson is designed for 9th grade. The lesson can be adapted for advanced middle school students, as well as for AP Bio, and Environmental Science applications. These adaptations will be provided in a separate supplementary document.