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In this lesson, students learn about carbon sequestration and measure trees on their campus to assess the amount of carbon they contain.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students use their knowledge of photosynthesis to consider how human activities, specifically land use, have disrupted the carbon cycle.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students take a walk to select a tree on campus or in the neighborhood, measure the DBH of their tree, and enter their data onto a spreadsheet to obtain the biomass and mass of carbon sequestered.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students discuss the cultural value of forests and their ability to act as carbon sinks and take action by choosing to protect trees through non-profit advocacy groups or by educating others.
Students will be able to:
- Explain the carbon cycle and how forests play a role in the carbon cycle.
- Measure the DBH of trees and use the DBH to estimate the amount of carbon it stores.
- Tell others why carbon sequestration is a potential solution to climate change.
This lesson is aligned to Oregon standards.
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