Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Carbon Crunch

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20 minutes (Part 1); 15 minutes (Part 2); 15 minutes (Part 3)

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Climate Change, International Comparisons, Wealth & Poverty

Resource Overview

Students work in small groups to determine the main environmental concerns during given periods of history and then specifically analyze how carbon use has changed over time. Students then participate in a comparison activity to determine how countries differ in terms of amount of carbon emitted and vulnerability to climate-related risks.

Students will be able to:
  • Gather information from a timeline to report on human-environment interactions during a specific time period.
  • Interpret visual data to compare carbon dioxide emissions around the world.
  • Discuss countries in terms of their per capita carbon use and their risk for experiencing climate change related disasters.
  • Explain the “carbon budget” and use evidence to justify if the carbon budget is achievable.

Features of This Resource

  • Classifying historic events
  • Students explore the human dimension of climate change
  • Technology component when students explore interactive online maps

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