Maree Lucas, West Virginia University Online
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Middle School: 1 Cross Cutting Concept
High School: 2 Performance Expectations, 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept
About Teaching Climate Literacy
Other materials addressing 2d
4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
2.5 Energy moves between reservoirs.
3.1 The Sun is major source of energy for organisms and ecosystems.
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- This is a good, uncomplicated carbon cycle interactive to use with any lesson on the carbon cycle. It would be especially useful for middle school. Educator could supplement the text on fossil fuels and explain the differences in how oil, coal, and gas are formed.
About the Science
- Students interact with various components of the carbon cycle. Some of the science may be overly simplistic - especially information about fossil fuels.
- Comments from expert scientist: Goes through all aspects of the carbon cycle and relates them. Simple animations aid with understanding and are fun to view. Some parts are well explained for the average person.
About the Pedagogy
- Written for middle school students and uses clear, uncluttered language.
- Students can begin at any stage, which reinforces the idea that there is no beginning or endpoint to the cycle.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Simulation/Interactive supports:
Performance Expectations: 2
HS-ESS2-6: Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
HS-LS2-5: Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
HS-ESS2.D2:Gradual atmospheric changes were due to plants and other organisms that captured carbon dioxide and released oxygen.
HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.
HS-LS2.B3:Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are important components of the carbon cycle, in which carbon is exchanged among the biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and geosphere through chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes.