Lab 4: Deforestation and the Carbon CycleThe lab activity described here was developed by Candace Dunlap of TERC for the EarthLabs project.
Summary and Learning Objectives
In Part A of this Lab, students will learn about the effects of deforestation on the carbon cycle, climate and the environment. In Part B, students use the Global Forest Cover data tool developed by the World Resources Institute to conduct their own research on changes in forest cover.
After completing this investigation, students will be able to:
- Describe the relationship between forests, climate and the carbon cycle;
- Describe how deforestation causes changes in the carbon cycle;
- Describe the reasons for deforestation; and
- Use the Global Forest Cover tool to research and keep track of changes in forest cover over time.
Overview and Teaching MaterialsDetailed overview of what students will do in each lab activity, how long it will take, and what materials are required to complete the lab.
Printable MaterialsDownload and print files needed for each lab activity, including images, data tables, and Stop and Think questions.
Teaching Notes and Tips
General recommendations for classroom implementation as well as guidelines and facilitation tips for leading class discussions.
Student NotebooksSuggestions for how to use Student Notebooks for Lab 4.
There are several options for assessment of student understanding of material introduced in this lab. Choose from the following list, or create your own assessments.