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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus




Five Facts, Ten Words

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  • This article simplifies the concept of climate change into five short and easy-to-communicate facts: scientists agree, it's real, it's us, it's bad, and there's hope. 
  • The document elaborates on each of the five facts, using graphs and charts to help explain the concepts. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource presents climate change facts in a succinct and straight-forward manner.
  • Each of the five facts are backed with data.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have background knowledge on climate change.


  • Science or English classes could do group projects, in which each group does a presentation on one of the five facts. 
  • History and social studies classes could use this article for lessons about the Industrial Revolution and the influence of political discourse on public opinion.
  • Music classes could write a song using the ten words as a refrain.
  • Art classes could translate the five facts into visual images (drawings, collages, paintings, three-dimensional artwork, etc.)
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson plan on having climate conversations with people who do not believe in climate change, this article on communicating climate change through visual images, and this activity that shows students how climate change impacts people differently.
Scientist Notes
The resource contains scientific evidence that human activity is causing climate change. It presents accurate facts from NASA and also a qualitative analysis on the beliefs systems and behavioral patterns of the American population towards climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • 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.
      • 7.ESS3.2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • 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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