Why is Carbon Monoxide So Deadly?

Don't fall victim to The Silent Killer! Expose your class (not literally) to carbon monoxide through an informative video from Reactions, a playlist from the American Chemical Society. Content includes carbon monoxide's structure, its pathway through the body, and sources of carbon monoxide.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The video works well as a part of lessons about fossil fuel use, the respiratory system, or as an introduction to the carbon monoxide molecule itself
  • Have pupils compare the formulas of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and note similarities and differences
Classroom Considerations

  • Talk briefly about how oxygen binds with hemoglobin in the blood before the video starts
Pros

  • Narrator provides clear descriptions of where carbon monoxide comes from and how to avoid it building up in your home
  • Funny animations shed light on how the body becomes damaged from excessive carbon monoxide exposure
Cons

  • None
Common Core