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8th, 9th, 10th


Science, English Language Arts

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Interview a Climate Scientist

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  • In this activity, students pair up and prepare to be a journalist or scientist in this interview simulation. 
  • The "journalist" interviews the "climate scientist" about climate change topics after each researches recent information about climate change. 

Teaching Tips


  • This activity improves students' research, communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Students acting as journalists practice their creativity and journalism skills, while students acting as climate scientists practice communicating science in a clear and straightforward manner.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must be familiar with the interview process and will need to access the credible resources suggested in the Teacher Guide for research.
  • You can have students choose their partners or select partners for them.


  • For students that need additional support, provide certain climate change topics for them to discuss, like hurricanes, sea level rise, melting Arctic ice, melting glaciers, wildfires, or drought.
  • As an extension, students could set up an interview with a member of their community and record it as a video to share with classmates.
  • For the topic of climate activism, students can read about Peter Kalmus, one of many climate scientists who have stopped flying because of the climate crisis.
  • Students could reach out to actual climate scientists in their local area or at their local university to request an interview.
Scientist Notes
This resource is suitable to engage in a good climate conversation with a climate scientist. Research questions can inform a basis or rationale for urgent climate action. The resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 8.SL.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • 9-10.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically, so listeners can follow the line of reasoning; ensure that the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
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