Trees and Carbon

You'll find everything but the kitchen sink here ... or just a carbon sink. In the activity, pairs or groups of middle school learners go outside and measure a tree's circumference and height to estimate its carbon storage potential and compare to other group's data.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Complete the activity after discussing the carbon cycle
  • Place learners in pair or small groups to complete the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • All class members need notebooks to record data

  • Activity allows learners to be outside, touching and measuring trees
  • Contains enrichment activity suggestions at the end of the activity

  • None
Common Core