Fossil Fuel Use and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

The Kyoto Protocol—meant to reduce emissions—was first introduced in 1997 and now involves 192 nations, but the United States is not one of them. Through an analysis of energy use by sectors, groups discuss where and who is emitting the most carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. They learn about the Kyoto Protocol and reflect on how their views or thinking about fossil fuels have changed. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups determine where their school's energy comes from and discuss ways in which their district could decrease their carbon emissions
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson best fits seventh, eighth, and ninth graders
Pros

  • Materials needed are simple and few: copies of the case data and graph paper
  • Requires higher order thinking skills to analyze data and graphs, which is great for scholars
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS