Climate Change Activity Mapping Carbon Emissions NGSS MS-ESS3-5 ESS3-4

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7th - 10th
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Students use real data to color-code a map of 68 countries based on their per capita carbon emissions. In this activity, students will:

  • READ a 1-page article about greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, what per capita means, and the activity directions.
  • CONSTRUCT a World Map by attaching 2 provided pages (it's easy!).
  • COLOR CODE countries on the map according to their per capita carbon emissions.
  • ANSWER 11 analysis questions focusing on the greenhouse effect, sources of carbon emissions, and how developed countries compared to underdeveloped countries.

Related Standards:

  • NGSS MS-ESS3-5: Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • NGSS MS-ESS3-4: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • NGSS Science & Engineering Practice: Analyzing and interpreting data

Teacher Notes:

  • To make differentiation easier, an abbreviated data set is provided, as well. The countries on the abbreviated data table still provide a good global picture but with a decreased workload.
  • The World Map is very easily printable. It comes as two 8.5 x 11 printable pages and very, very simple instructions on how to match them up.
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Examples of data on the impacts of human activities could include the quantities and types of pollutants released, changes to biomass and species diversity, or areal changes in land surface use (such as for urban development, agriculture and livestock, or surface mining). Examples for limiting future impacts could range from local efforts (such as reducing, reusing, and recycling resources) to large-scale geoengineering design solutions (such as altering global temperatures by making large changes to the atmosphere or ocean).
Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth's systems. Examples of evidence, for both data and climate model outputs, are for climate changes (such as precipitation and temperature) and their associated impacts (such as on sea level, glacial ice volumes, or atmosphere and ocean composition). Assessment is limited to one example of a climate change and its associated impacts.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. Examples of evidence include grade-appropriate databases on human populations and the rates of consumption of food and natural resources (such as freshwater, mineral, and energy). Examples of impacts can include changes to the appearance, composition, and structure of Earth’s systems as well as the rates at which they change. The consequences of increases in human populations and consumption of natural resources are described by science, but science does not make the decisions for the actions society takes.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Examples of factors include human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion, cement production, and agricultural activity) and natural processes (such as changes in incoming solar radiation or volcanic activity). Examples of evidence can include tables, graphs, and maps of global and regional temperatures, atmospheric levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and the rates of human activities. Emphasis is on the major role that human activities play in causing the rise in global temperatures.


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