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Lesson plan; Extreme summer weather explained by climatologist

Part of this lesson plan is made by PBS News Hour


Monday, a judge in Montana sided with a group of young environmental activists who argued the state was violating its constitution by promoting fossil fuel development without considering the impact on climate change. William Brangham examined the arguments on both sides of the case before the trial and reports on the ruling’s implications in Montana and nationwide.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

5 Fact-Based Questions

  1. Why are we seeing more frequent intense heat waves?
  2. How many people died in Europe’s heat wave last year?
  3. Who is Michael Mann?
  4. What string of years has been the hottest in Earth’s recorded history?
  5. Where are floods happening?

Focus Questions and & Media Literacy

What creates a wildfire?

News analysis: How can news outlets report on tragic events while still being respectful to those who are effected?

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?



Activity 1: Research

Activity 2: Fact Questions

Activity 3: Essay Questions

What Students Can Do

What students can do: Discuss with a friend, neighbor or classmate — how can we make progress against climate change? What are some mitigation techniques (things you can do to make a difference) to deal with extreme heat?

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