This Are Global CO2 Levels Changing? lesson plan also includes:
According to the Mauna Loa observatory, carbon dioxide levels increased by 3 ppm in our atmosphere between 2015–2016. Individuals analyze carbon dioxide data from around the world and then share this with a home group in lesson three of five. From this world perspective of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, they generate a conclusion regarding global carbon dioxide concentrations and discuss as a class. The lesson finishes by having young scientists determine how these changes affect climate, if at all.
- If there is time, collect exit slips before classes end and read them to determine any misconceptions; if needed, briefly address issues in class the next day during a short warm-up using peer tutoring
- Suggested duration is three class periods, but the length may vary depending upon efficiency of groups, length of class periods, and discussions
- Computer and Internet access is needed for each group of three to four scholars
- Lesson provides all worksheets, directions, data, graphs, and answers
- Exit tickets and closure assignments encourage critical thinking skills