• Views 109
  • Favorites
Photo via Pexels

Database Provider

Authors

Kim Preshoff, TED-Ed

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Art

Resource Types

  • Video, 2 minutes, 27 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessment
  • Interactive Media
  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

How to Visualize One Part Per Million

|
Ask a Question

Synopsis
  • This video from TED-Ed shows nine ways students can visualize measurements in parts per million, considering it is not inherently simple to conceptualize. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video was created with the help of over 100 animators to create visualizations of one part per million.
  • The examples used are engaging, relatable, and varied which can make it more accessible to different styles of learning.
  • The video webpage includes eight "Think" questions, a "Dig Deeper" section with additional resources, and a "Discuss" section with a guided prompt for discussion.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know what types of things we measure using parts per million, particularly greenhouse gas concentrations.
  • Students should understand that even though one part per million seems small, even low levels of toxic substances are dangerous.
  • You must sign into the website to use the interactive features.

Differentiation

  • Students can create their own analogies to visualize one part per million.
  • Students in math classes can convert units using parts per million.
  • Students can write an analysis of why they think it is difficult for humans to conceptualize parts per million and relate it to why humans have a hard time conceptualizing long periods of time (like the 4.6 billion years of Earth's history).
Scientist Notes
The video provides nine clear examples for students to understand ppm which is a common unit for measuring CO2 concentrations. There is no contradiction in the examples given. Thus, the resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • PS1: Matter and its Interactions
      • 5-PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Measurement & Data (K-5)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.A.1 Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • VA:Cr1.1.4a Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.
  • Related Resources

    Reviews

    Login to leave a review