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Travel Solutions to Global Warming

Lesson Description:

With this activity, the teacher demonstrates a burning candle experiment with students posing hypotheses, to review the relationship of the carbon cycle, fossil fuels, and the atmospheric CO2 level. Students then graph the relative populations and production of CO2 by different countries and discuss the results. Students follow up by using a personal trip log to discover simple but powerful solutions.

Learning objectives:

Students will:
• Investigate carbon cycle and fossil fuels
• Graph the carbon dioxide production and populations of six nations.
• Generate suggestions to reduce travelrelated carbon dioxide production.
• Complete Trip Log with trip saving measures.
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Experiment
  • Lecture
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
1-2 classes plus time with a homework assignment
School or Group:
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
Contact Email:
The lesson plan provides the experiment procedure and several follow up activities that could be done as homework, group work, or could be disregarded
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Travel Solutions.pdf
Located in: Science

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