NGSS Instructional Resources for "CO2: Find Out What It Means to You!"

Instructional Resources

This lesson is a hands on introduction to the Chemistry of Climate Change. This lesson is designed using the 3 dimensions from the Framework for K-12 Science Education to align with theNext Generation Science Standards. In this lesson students will be engaged in several of the science and engineering practices (SEPs) and their thinking guided by questions and prompts using the crosscutting concepts (CCCs). This lesson was designed to have students engage with the phenomenon of the cycling of Carbon Dioxide in our environment, to explore the Carbon Cycle and the effects carbon dioxide gas has on the environment.

The objectives of this lesson are:

  • Students will generate questions from a video phenomenon
  • Students will begin development of a model of the carbon cycle
  • Students will evaluate and refine the model of the carbon cycle
  • Students will analyze and interpret data provided from an experiment illustrating the effects of CO2 on atmospheric temperatures

The Performance Expectations of this lesson are:

  • HS-ESS2-6: Earth’s Systems
  • Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.


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