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  • Guide

Target Grade Level

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Target Subject Area

Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science & Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages


  • Teaching Methods
    • Communication

Controversy in the Classroom: Strategies for Managing Climate Change Discourse

Provider: CLEAN
Cost: Free
Format: Online: Asynchronous
Region: Global
Continuing Education Credit: Not Available
This article provides techniques for educators to address climate change in the classroom while encouraging open communication among teachers and students. As misconceptions surrounding climate change are extremely common, this guide aims to prepare teachers to deal with difficult questions or conflict that may arise when teaching climate-related topics. Additionally, this article contains a section titled “Building Media Literacy” which provides tips for teaching students how to evaluate the reliability of sources to avoid misinformation.
About the Organization


The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Portal was launched in 2010 as a National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College.