Question Bank

Use this Question Bank as a guide to discuss any of our 90-second daily podcasts! These questions can help start a full class conversation, be used in small group discussion, or function as writing prompts.


Climate change is a complex scientific issue. In order to teach climate change effectively, we must make the topic concrete for students and connect it to students’ everyday lives. Yale Climate Connections does just that: YCC aims to help citizens and institutions understand how the changing climate is already affecting our lives. It seeks to help individuals, corporations, media, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, academics, artists, and more learn from each other about constructive “solutions” so many are undertaking to reduce climate-related risks and wasteful energy practices.

Through articles, videos, and daily 90-second stories broadcast on hundreds of radio stations nationwide, YCC “connects the dots” between climate change and energy, extreme weather, public health, food and water, jobs and the economy, national security, the creative arts, and religious and moral values, among other themes. The radio stories are a great way to spark discussion about climate change with your students. Please see the Educator Page for tips on how to incorporate these stories into your instruction using our Question Bank.

Goals and Standards:

  1. Analyze a climate change story to gain a greater understanding of a climate change topic.
  2. Construct a written or oral argument using evidence.