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Creating a CO2 “Monster” (Part One)

Lesson Description:

In this lesson, students learn about the effects of car exhaust resulting from the millions of miles driven by Americans each year. Students calculate weekly figures to understand the amount of carbon dioxide their vehicles put into the atmosphere and write creative stories about the “monster” effects of these emissions.

  • Students will discuss the correlation between automobile use and climate change. 
  • Students will calculate their individual contribution to the CO2 emissions stream. 
  • Students will compose a creative story about the harmful effects of CO2 emissions.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
60-90 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • Creating a CO2 “Monster” Classroom Presentation 
  • Art paper and supplies 
  • Calculators (one for every two students)

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF) on behalf of Amtrak
Contact Email:
Tags for searching:
Amtrak , transportation
Located in: Science | Language Arts

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