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Have the Talk, Climate Conversations

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  • This lesson will prepare students to have a thoughtful conversation about climate change and highlights the importance of listening and engaging respectfully with others.
  • This resource includes a lesson plan, student worksheet, presentation slides, and two videos.

Teaching Tips


  • There are opportunities for the students to role-play and practice their communication skills. 
  • The optional "Youth Climate Story: Climate Denial in Florida" video gives an example of a young person engaging in difficult climate conversations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • In order to have meaningful climate conversations, teachers and students should know basic facts about climate science, the impacts of climate change on people and the planet, and some solutions.
  • The teacher must make a free account to access the materials.
  • You must click the title of the first video for the correct link to open.


  • The student worksheet provides an excellent scaffolding tool for ELL and students with learning differences.
  • For the "Climate Conversation Guide," consider having fill-in-the-blank prompts for students. For example, "I will have a conversation with _________."
  • This lesson could follow any lesson or discussion about climate change and this other resource is directly related to talking about climate change.
  • Other resources to consider using with this resource include this Yale lesson plan about connecting data to storytelling, and this video about leaving the world a better place.  
Scientist Notes

The OARTAC model is appropriate for a good climate conversations, without being persuasive. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 11-12.SL.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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