Planting Trees – TILclimate Podcast Educator Guide
Forests are and can be an important part of a lower-carbon future – but how does that work? Students experience the carbon cycle as a carbon atom, grounding their understanding of the flux of carbon between earth, air, water, and living things. Using data from Global Forest Watch, students investigate regional and global patterns of forest loss, gain, and carbon emissions to answer the questions: should we plant trees as a solution to climate change? Does location matter? How do we know?
- Explain a simple carbon cycle
- Describe global patterns of forest loss and gain.
- Understand that deforestation causes carbon dioxide emissions, and that growing forests remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
- Map reading
- Critical thinking
- HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
- HS-ESS2-6 Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon.
- HS-LS2-5 Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon.
- WHST.9-12.1 Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content
- WHST.9-12.7 Conduct research project to answer a or solve a problem
Disciplinary Core Ideas:
- ESS3.A Natural Resources
- ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
- ESS3.D Global Climate Change
- LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
- LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
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