Turning Misinformation Into Educational Opportunities: Climate Change
Our Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunities (TMEO) Teacher Ambassadors have developed and field tested five misconceptions-based climate change lessons, which you can access below.
Click on the folder icon for each lesson to access a google folder that includes the lesson plan as well as supplemental materials. Connected to each lesson is a webinar led by our Teacher Ambassadors, and produced by our partner, The Alliance for Climate Education.
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Lesson 1: Scientific Consensus
In this lesson, students create their own scientific consensus on climate change through direct interpretation with climate data, as well as examining a popular climate myth.
Lesson 2: Climate Models
Some of the most common climate skeptic arguments focus on climate models. In this lesson, students examine climate model data and learn how climate models are developed, as well as debunk common misconceptions about climate models and their capabilities.
Lesson 3: Past vs. Present Climate Change
"Climate has always changed. Why is today any different?" With Milankovitch cycles (what?!), ice cores and other paleoclimate data, students explore the logical fallacy behind this misconception.
Lesson 4: Local Climate Impacts
Let's take a gamble... In this lesson, students delve into local impacts of climate change and try their hand at beating the odds to see how climate change really is loading the dice and increasing the odds of more extreme weather.
Lesson 5: Climate Solutions
What do wedges have to do with solving climate change? Turns out, everything. Students play the "Wedges Game" to balance various greenhouse gas-reductions strategies to achieve net zero emissions. Students also explore local climate solutions that works in their community.
Download Brad Hoge's slide deck from his National Association of Biology Teachers' 2018 conference presentation by clicking the image below:
Download Brad Hoge's slide deck from a recent talk to the Humanist Community of Silicon Valley by clicking the image below.