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  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Physical Science

Hands-on Activity

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Summary
In this activity, students will learn about how human lifestyles cause the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to be released into the air. They will explore how greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and develop a plan to help their school reduce its carbon footprint.
Overview
Topic: Human Impact on Earth's Systems
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of how humans produce carbon dioxide and of the factors considered when calculating a carbon footprint.
  • An evaluation of the current structures, practices, and procedures in a school building that are intended to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • The development of a plan to help further reduce the school's carbon footprint.
Objective
After completing this activity, students will be able to explain the meaning of the carbon footprint measurement and describe steps humans can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Students in Grade 6 should also be able to calculate their school's carbon footprint.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 2 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

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