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Empowering Student Action Through Climate Literacy Development

Science Scope—May/June 2024 (Volume 47, Issue 3)

By Jocelyn Miller, Gina Childers, and Rebecca Hite

In light of the International Panel on Climate Change's findings, this article underscores the detrimental effects of climate misinformation in the U.S. and its role in impeding public understanding and action. Leveraging the power of education, an 8th-grade 5E instructional unit is introduced to foster students' climate literacy by delving into the human-induced causes of climate change. Through the 5E instructional model, students are presented with diverse materials, activities, and projects. These include discussions on climate change activism, interactive simulations, experiments mirroring Eunice Foote's groundbreaking work in 1856, and culminating in a student-produced video project highlighting climate change causes. By melding social perspectives and rigorous scientific exploration, this NGSS-aligned unit draws from relevant climate literacy research and aims to produce a generation of students equipped to actively and knowledgeably participate in global climate discourse.

Advocacy Climate Science Literacy Middle School

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