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Energy and the Poor - Black Carbon in Developing Nations
https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/energy/activities/32421.html

Anne Hall, Environmental Studies at Emory University, From the On The Cutting Edge Collection

An activity focusing on black carbon. This activity explores the impacts of the use of black carbon generating wood, dung, and charcoal for fuel in developing countries.


Activity takes three class periods. Computer with internet access required.

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High School: 1 Performance Expectation, 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 4 Science and Engineering Practices

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

About Teaching the Guiding Principle
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About Teaching the Guiding Principle
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About Teaching Principle 2
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Energy Literacy

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7.3 Environmental quality.
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7.5 Access to energy affects quality of life.
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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
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4.2 Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.

Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines

2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.1 The Earth as a Physical System:A) Processes that shape the Earth
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A) Processes that shape the Earth.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.1 The Earth as a Physical System:C) Energy
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C) Energy.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.3 Humans and Their Societies:B) Culture
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B) Culture.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.3 Humans and Their Societies:C) Political and economic systems
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C) Political and economic systems.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.3 Humans and Their Societies:D) Global Connections
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D) Global Connections.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:C) Resources
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C) Resources.
3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.1 Skills for Analyzing and Investigating Environmental Issues:A) Identifying and investigating issues
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A) Identifying and investigating issues.

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Teaching Tips

  • Activity on Albedo could supplement the activity to ensure a better understanding of the impacts of black carbon.
  • In-class discussion will generate several broad topics relevant to the use of black carbon generating fuels.
  • Using the jigsaw method, small groups will explore one broad topic related to black carbon, then multi-topic groups will synthesize the information gathered.

About the Science

About the Pedagogy

  • Well-designed activity with a good introduction to the topic and an effective pedagogic design.
  • Using the jigsaw approach addresses needs of students with different learning styles.
  • Many sources beyond this activity are given for further research.
  • Educator will need to develop their own assessment.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Carefully designed activity with numerous supporting materials

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