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MS-LS2-3 Teaching Bundle: Matter Cycles Matter: The Case of Carbon (Middle School)
Created by NASA Wavelength Last updated 4/1/2016
Designed for middle school classrooms, these resources work together as a 5E lesson sequence to build understanding about the carbon cycle and its importance to our changing climate. This bundle supports NGSS performance standard MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Next Generation Science Standards
This set of resources help build student knowledge needed for following NGSS middle school life sciences performance expectation: MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
- Explain: Digital interactive where students identify anthropogenic sources of CO2 and how it has changed over the past three centuries. The lesson makes the investigation local by asking students to find 2 photographs of their community, one from the past and one contemporary, and asking them to annotate the images with where sources of CO2 originate.
- Elaborate: (Common Core Connections- Math) In this problem set, learners will use a diagram of carbon fluxes, which shows the sources that contribute to current atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, to answer a series of questions. Answer key is provided. This problem is part of Earth Math: A Brief Mathematical Guide to Earth Science and Climate Change.
- Elaborate: Connections to Common Core (Math)- Go to Lesson 4.2 Calculating your Carbon Footprint. Students will understand the concept of an ecological or carbon footprint. They will use online calculators to visualize how their choices affect the planet.