Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: What is the Evidence?

China, the United States, Russia, India, and Japan each emit more than billion tons of carbon dioxide very year. The first installment in a series of five lessons investigates a myriad of data to relate carbon dioxide levels and global warming. Groups analyze graphs and data through discussions before answering questions. They then conduct an issue analysis using a provided tool. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Break the lesson into chunks and then go over these sections so everyone has the correct information when moving forward
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity is best fit for eighth graders and above
Pros

  • Materials needed for each group are simple: copies of the case study and the analysis tool
  • Lesson provides an assessment with 14 questions—short answer, true and false, and multiple choice
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS