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Trees, Carbon Dioxide, and Climate Change

Grade levels: 7th, Environmental Science, Ecology 

Topics: Human Impact

Languages: English

Interdisciplinary: No

Disciplinary Core Idea
LS2:  Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics , ESS3: Earth and Human Activity 

Trees are an important tool to combating climate change because they absorb and store large amounts of carbon dioxide. But are trees enough? In this activity, students will explore how much carbon dioxide is really stored in a tree and will calculate how many trees they would need to plant to cover their own personal carbon footprint. 

This lesson was originally written for 7th grade. With modification, it can apply to Ecology and Environmental Science standards.

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