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Carbon and Climate Lesson Overview

Students will be introduced to climate change caused by greenhouse gases and participate in a simulation of the carbon cycle. Students will develop an understanding of how the movement of carbon atoms can contribute to climate change. Students will model the carbon cycle.


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65 minutes
Individually or in pairs
PTI Inquiry
1.3, 3.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.8, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 10 min 1.3 Computer, Projector, EdPuzzle 2 Fossil Fuels and Climate Change EdPuzzle
Explore 20 min 3.1 none 3 Two rounds of the carbon cycle game: typical cycle & rapid release of carbon from fossils
Explain 20 min 4.2, 4.4, 5.8, 7.3 none 2 Use worksheet to explain the differences between the two rounds of data collection
Expand 10 min 5.8, 7.3 none 3 Explain the impact of fossil fuel use on agriculture, natural systems
Evaluate 5 min 5.8, 7.3 none 2 Multiple choice & Short answer questions

Level of Student Engagement

1 Low Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2 Medium Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3 High Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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