Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Footprints

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Mary Carr
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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14 pages
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This includes a lot of great resources. It includes great notes, gives students the opportunity to reflect on their contribution to their carbon footprint, and lets them make an action plan.


Designed to increase students’ knowledge of greenhouse gases and how they relate to warming, the desired outcome of this lesson is for each student to identify something(s) that (s)he can do to reduce his/her carbon footprint. Fairly simple review of the topic, teach it in science, math, or even homeroom!

- lesson plan
- 2 page printable reference sheet with greenhouse effect diagram, essential vocabulary, and web of effects of greenhouse gases
- carbon footprint worksheet
- math worksheet (determine range, mean, median, and mode of carbon footprint scores and construct a histogram)
- 3 reflective questions on student's own carbon footprint
- pledge cards - 2 versions, one decorated and one left plain for students to decorate

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