Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Generating Heat

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30 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Climate Change, Global Change, Math - Population Growth Curves

Resource Overview

Students graph carbon dioxide emissions and population growth over time and discuss trends they observe.

Students will be able to:
  • Graph population and carbon dioxide emissions data over time.
  • Identify the relationship between population growth and carbon dioxide emissions.
Line graph displaying CO2 emissions and human population growth from 1750 to 2050

Features of This Resource

  • Opportunity for authentic learning with real-world data
  • Students create electronic graphs using Excel
  • Historic data sets provided on CO2 emissions and global population
  • Students differentiate between correlation and causation

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