Investments in Forest Carbon

One hundred metric tons of CO2 can accumulate in one acre of forest over time—that's a lot of carbon! In the activity, groups of middle school learners determine what makes forests important. They then solidify the concept by using a case study to learn about carbon investments. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Place learners in pairs of groups ahead of time
  • Discuss the word value and what it means to the class before beginning the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Within groups, assign roles: recorder, speaker, and materials manager; if you have groups of four, assign one role twice
Pros

  • Additional resources include a short video and radio program
  • Includes a page of background information for the teacher and/or learners
Cons

  • Second link to radio program does not work
Common Core

NGSS