Where in the World is Carbon Dioxide?


This three part activity has students set up experiments to help them better understand the atmospheric portion of the carbon cycle. From this activity, they will be able to explain the concept of sources and sinks as they relate to carbon dioxide, the use of indicator solution bromothymol blue (BTB) to reveal the presence of carbon dioxide, and the qualitative differences between animal and fossil fuel sources of global carbon dioxide. The student guide has an overall description of all three parts of the activity, lists of materials, the procedure and observations and questions. The instructor guide contains detailed background material, learning goals, alignment to national standards, grade level/time, details on materials and preparation, procedure, assessment ideas, and modifications for alternative learners.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Geology:Geochemistry, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Biology
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources, Activities
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Climate Literacy Principles: Sun Drives Earth System:Fossil Fuel Formation, Greenhouse Effect, UV, Infrared, Complex Interactions:Carbon Cycle, Greenhouse Gases
Topics: Biosphere, Atmosphere, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Climate, Solid Earth:Geochemistry, Energy/Material cycles
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geochemistry, Environmental Science, Biogeoscience