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"Climate Science Literacy is an understanding of your influence on climate and climate’s influence on you and society. A climate-literate person:
- understands the essential principles of Earth’s climate system,
- knows how to assess scientifically credible information about climate,
- communicates about climate and climate change in a meaningful way, and
- is able to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to actions that may affect climate."
For most students, this is the first time they have engaged in a formal literature review of scientific material, thus time and support is provided to help students dissect these articles efficiently. At our school we use a Mark-It-Up reading strategy, which helps students break down complex texts into the comprehensible essentials. Students write their "mark-it-up" notes on stickies and place these stickies around the room next to their article's placard. All students visit and review the stickies created by other students before drafting their final analysis.
For the articles themselves, I keep my eyes open for timely and relevant stories from reputable and fairly unbiased science sources such as BBC Science, National Geographic, NPR, NOAA, NASA, etc. The articles are usually no more than two pages in length, span a range of teenage reading levels, are scientifically-based with data and evidence, and encompass a wide range of climate impacts around the planet. A few of these articles are provided in the links at the end of this post.
As mentioned in my previous post, my greatest hope is that my students develop an appreciation for science so that they can make logical and informed decisions based on data and evidence, not hype and hot air.
A Sampling of Climate Change Articles:
- BBC, Alien Invaders: The Next Generation
- Boston Globe, Scientists Say Climate Change Could Make Coffee and Chocolate Endangered Foods
- NOAA, Life of an Air Flask
- NOAA News, NOAA Greenhouse Gas Index Continues Climbing
- NPR, Climate Change Presents a Burr for Coffee Growers
- NYTimes, Carbon Detectives Are Tracking Gases in Colorado