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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, History

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  • Videos, 11 minutes, 33 minutes, CC, Subtitles

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Climate Science: Crash Course History of Science

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  • This video about the history of climate science provides historical background about the field of climate science, how drastically we've changed the planet, and how changes to the planet and our climate can have catastrophic effects for life on Earth.
  • It also discusses climate denial, the impacts of agriculture, geoengineering, and the need to find equitable solutions.
Teaching Tips


  • The video identifies the people most recently involved with our understanding of climate change.
  • It brings up other important topics to consider related to climate science that students may not be aware of.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is some text in the closed captioning that does not sync with the video towards the end.


  • Students could be grouped after watching the video to discuss different topics in more detail.
  • This resource could be used in media literacy lessons, as it discusses climate denial campaigns.
  • Other resources related to this topic include this NPR podcast, this StC lesson plan, and this video
Scientist Notes
This video, created by the aptly named folks at Crash Course, offers a quick lesson on the history of climate science and the political questions regarding what to officially call the era we are currently living in. The science in this video is sound and verifiable. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 9-10.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
      • 11-12.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • 8.ESS3.4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • Social Sciences
    • Historical Thinking (K-12)
      • 6.23 Explain and analyze the historical context of key people, cultures, products, events, and ideas over time including the examination of different perspectives from Indigenous people, ethnic and religious groups, and other traditionally marginalized groups throughout the Western Hemisphere.
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    • Comprehensive and informative, great video resource for discussing climate science and the causes of climate change.
      2 years ago