Carbon and Climate

This Carbon and Climate lesson plan also includes:

The carbon cycle is natural and has happened for millions of years, so can humans change it? Young scientists play the role of carbon as they travel through the carbon cycle. They complete two rounds, once before the industrial revolution and once after, to better understand the changes. Summary questions ensure scholars make the connection between carbon and climate.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Align the lesson with the study of the industrial revolution if at all possible
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and food webs
  • Provide multiple dice at each station so the activity moves quickly
Pros

  • Uses only basic materials, so it's very easy to implement
  • Gets pupils moving
  • Provides answer keys
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS