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The Chemistry of the Ozone Layer
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The Chemistry of the Ozone Layer


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Subject ScienceChemistry
Grade Level Grades 11-12, Higher Education
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, State-specific

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In this lesson, students discover the chemistry behind the ozone layer’s depletion and recovery and then apply their learning to advocate for climate action.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students investigate the properties of ozone and oxygen to understand how the ozone layer protects life on Earth.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about the Chapman cycle and complete a jigsaw activity about the causes of ozone depletion.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a social media post about a climate issue that is important to them, inspired by the success of the Montreal Protocol.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the chemical properties of ozone that allow it to protect life on Earth from harmful radiation.
  • Model with chemical equations the process of ozone depletion in the atmosphere.
  • Connect the recovery of the ozone layer to current climate advocacy efforts.

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Lesson Plan
October 25, 2023
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