This informative TED-Ed video details many of the ways that carbon dioxide gets into and out of Earth's atmosphere in the carbon cycle.
It features a quick examination of how the simultaneous practices of burning fossil fuels and deforestation can push ecosystems out of balance.
The visuals and creative animations make this content accessible to a wide range of learners.
The straightforward delivery of information in this video can help students make quick sense of frequently misunderstood concepts embedded in the carbon cycle.
The part that addresses innovation in order to address climate change can serve as a launching point for a variety of design activities for students.
If interested in providing deeper context beforehand, students could be familiarized with concepts related to the industrial revolution, ecosystems, sustainable technology, and closed versus open cycles on Earth.
Invite students to take a closer look at somereasonsfor deforestation along with strategies that can be employed to slow it down. For a deeper look at one impacted region, check out this lesson.
Allow students to view relevant emissions data while pinpointing geography with thisinteractiveresource.
Have your class discuss approaches to retraining workforces while solving energy needs to slow the burning of fossil fuels.
This video mentions pushing the boundaries of innovation to solve pressing problems. Challenge students to get creative and dream up a possible solution to slow or reverse climate change. Give them the opportunity to then design their solution on paper, in slides, or in a physical form before inviting them to share.
This resource presents the carbon cycle and its processes and interactions between the biosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. There is no contradiction in the video and it is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS2: Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
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.