This BLOSSOMS lesson discusses Carbon Dioxide, and its impact on climate change. The main learning objective is for students to become more familiar with human production of Carbon Dioxide gas, as well as to gain an awareness of the potential for this gas to effect the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere. This lesson should take about an hour to complete. In order to complete the lesson, the teacher will need: printed copies of signs representing the different products and processes that take place in the carbon cycle (included), samples of matter that represent those products, handouts for the students to create a graphic of the carbon cycle (included) and graph paper or graphing software for students to create graphs. In the breaks of this BLOSSOMS lesson, students will be creating models of the carbon cycle as well as observing experiments and analyzing data from them. It is hoped that this lesson will familiarize students with ways in which carbon moves through our environment and provide them with some personal connection to the impact that an increased concentration of CO2 can have on air temperature. The goal is to spark their interest and hopefully to encourage them to ask and investigate more questions about the climate.
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Computer for Presenter, LCD Projector
Keywords: Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Cycle, Climate Change,
This lesson is a hands on introduction to the Chemistry of Climate Change. This lesson is designed using the 3 dimensions from the Framework for K-12 Science Education to align with theNext Generation Science Standards. In this lesson students will be engaged in several of the science and engineering practices (SEPs) and their thinking guided by questions and prompts using the crosscutting concepts (CCCs). This lesson was designed to have students engage with the phenomenon of the cycling of Carbon Dioxide in our environment, to explore the Carbon Cycle and the effects carbon dioxide gas has on the environment.
Source and Access Information
Name of Author/Source: Elizabeth Murray
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Massachusettes Institute of Technology
Access Privileges: Public
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