The Incredible Carbon Journey
NOAA (adapted from Kentucky Association for Environmental Education), Oceanservice.noaa.gov
Lesson takes about 40-60 minutes. Some additional materials are required.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
See how this Activity supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 1 Performance Expectation, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 2 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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- Instead of a 'Game Record' for each player to record their journey at the end of the lesson, students could map out their journey to the 4 different stations for each round and compare and contrast the pattern of their journey between the two.
- "Want To Do More?" suggestions are good for elaborating on the learning.
About the Science
- Focus of the activity is how human activities have changed the distribution of carbon among Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere.
- Compares the carbon cycle before the Industrial Revolution with the carbon cycle after humans began burning large quantities of fossil fuels.
- Comments from expert scientist: A neat approach to understanding the carbon cycle, the magnitudes of the flows, and humans--incorporates physical activity and probability. The activity doesn't communicate the size of each stock, only the flows between them--a really important part of the basic carbon cycle concept to communicate.
About the Pedagogy
- The activity outlines questions for each section of the game, suggesting stopping points for students to think and evaluate what they have done to that point.
- Provides additional activity ideas such as story boards and graphing the data.
- Activity is one of 10 in the NOAA activity book Discover Your Changing World with NOAA http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/discoverclimate/.