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Climate Change in the Social Sciences Classroom


An article titled ‘Climate Change in the Social Studies Classroom: A “Why” and “How to” Guide Using the C3 Framework’ by Lori M Kumler and Bethany Vosburg-Bluem published in the journal Social Education of the National Council for the Social Studies. This reading uses the C3 framework to discuss how climate change can be taught in Social Studies classrooms. It includes discussions on the following four dimensions of pedagogy applied to the disciplines of Civics, Economics, Geography, and History:

  • Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
  • Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence
  • Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

Students will understand the importance of the social dimensions of climate change and the importance of the social studies in understanding climate change and its impacts.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the role of the social sciences in understanding climate change?
  2. What are some social, economic, and political consequences of climate change?
  3. Discuss how climate change responsibility can be addressed.
About Tool
Tool NameClimate Change in the Social Studies Classroom: A “Why” and “How to” Guide Using the C3 Framework 
DisciplineSocial Sciences 
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview
Climate TopicClimate Literacy
Type of toolReading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Translation     –
Developed byLori M Kumler and Bethany Vosburg-Bluem 
Hosted atSocial Education, National Council for the Social Studies 
Computer SkillsBasic


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