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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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Temperate Forest Restoration

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  • This article details the potential of this top climate solution to sequester large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, providing two adoption scenarios and giving a detailed analysis of their calculations.

  • Students can explore the findings of the research, including how much carbon could be sequestered, how long it would take, and what is involved in this solution. 

Teaching Tips


  • The article provides related articles and additional solutions for students who may want to extend their research.
  • The article includes a small section specifically about what individuals can do, which is great for students who are looking for a sense of agency after reading about this solution.
  • This is a great way to ease students into reading scientific articles!

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students may need the terms sequester, hectare, agro-ecological zone, carbon sink, land sink, and meta-analysis front-loaded to better comprehend the reading.
  • Students will need to be familiar with the carbon cycle or the general concept that trees and forests take in carbon from the air and store it.
  • English language learners may need additional terms defined, including restoration, impact, methodology, and degraded. 


  • This article can be used as an introduction to a project in which students present a possible solution to reduce carbon in the atmosphere that they have researched. 
  • Science classrooms can use this article as an example of the format used to present scientific research and to connect to lessons about ecosystems, the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, and natural solutions to climate change.
  • This article can be used to compare and contrast different possible solutions, their impacts, and their potential to immediately make an impact. 
  • Younger students or students who struggle with reading comprehension would benefit from reading in groups or as a whole class.
  • English language learners can use a google chrome extension to translate the article into their first language.
Scientist Notes
This resource is an explanation of a potential climate solution, exploring temperate forests and their use as a carbon sink. In short, if more forests are restored, more carbon can be sequestered from the atmosphere. The article is organized in a similar manner to a scientific paper in the way it breaks down this climate solution into the introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion sections. The limitations of the study are also included. These make this resource a good example of how scientific articles are often structured. Resources are included. The information presented is accurate and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-4 Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-6 Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.1.9-12 Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.1.9-12 Construct arguments using precise and knowledgeable claims, with evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging counterclaims and evidentiary weaknesses.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.
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