In this lesson, students will combine art and science to interpret and illustrate graphs in order to convey the ‘bigger picture’ of climate change.

“Hot issues, such as climate change may not be subjects of contention within the scientific community, but it seems clear that the science is not being communicated in a way that has the necessary impact.

Although art cannot directly communicate science or change minds, it can create a space for dialogue around difficult issues.

Few scientists are likely to deeply consider the role of narrative in their work or the visual impact of their images, but for reaching society as a whole these are vitally important.”

~Johanna Kieniewicz, At the Interface




Joanna Chierici, Kathleen Couchon, Nancy (Harris) FitzGerald

Example Graphs

Additional Resources

Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Systems and System Models

Core Ideas

  • LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience
  • ESS3.D Global Climate Change
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 7.F: Ocean exploration is truly interdisciplinary. It requires close collaboration among biologists, chemists, climatologists, computer programmers, engineers, geologists, meteorologists, physicists, animators and illustrators. And these interactions foster new ideas and new perspectives for inquiries.