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Authors

Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Video, 1 minute, 54 seconds
  • Video, 2 minutes, 45 seconds
  • Video, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
  • Lesson Plan

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF, Downloadable MP4/M4V

Carbon Sequestration: Solutions to Climate Change

Synopsis
  • In this media literacy activity, students will watch three videos on different carbon sequestration methods and then answer discussion questions about the sources and the information that they present. 
  • Students will learn that scientists are trying to improve the carbon storage potential for grasses in pastures and plankton in oceans and that carbon can be injected and stored underground. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The materials can be downloaded and used offline.
  • The discussion questions can be used for several academic subjects.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The educator must create a free account with Project Look Sharp to access the materials.
  • Teachers may want to download and review the How to Use Materials pdf associated with this activity.

Differentiation

  • Students could debate the value of using carbon capture and sequestration to lower carbon emissions.
  • Biology classes could research how stimulating and increasing plankton populations might impact the ocean ecosystem.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video about how trees sequester carbon, this video on how whales help sequester carbon, and this podcast episode on the pros and cons of planting forests for carbon sequestration.

Scientist Notes
Students can explore this resource to gain deep knowledge of the social and environmental impact of using carbon capture mechanisms and related technologies for carbon sequestration. This resource has no contradiction and it is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-5 Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
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