Lesson Plan

It's A Bird...It's A Plane...It's...CARBON!

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An interesting lesson takes pupils on a trip through the carbon cycle. A reading passage allows scholars to take notes and make choices about what happens to the carbon on its journey. This third lesson in a series of 21 discusses climate change briefly at the end.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Offer individuals the option to write their own stories of a carbon cycling in any format they want such as PowerPoint, graphic novel, etc.
  • Read about some fascinating discoveries when using carbon dating on dinosaur bones: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-shocker-115306469/
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires prior knowledge of atoms and elements
  • Designed for alignment to the National Science Education Standards, National Education Technology Standards, Climate Literacy Principles, and Energy Literacy Principles
  • Lesson is adaptable to independent work, team work, or small group work
  • Highlights new vocabulary throughout
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