Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the USDA Southwest Climate Hub’s curriculum unit on Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle. This unit was designed to introduce 9-12 grade students to climate change, the carbon cycle, and the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide on Earth’s climate. We partnered with the Asombro Institute for Science Education (asombro.org) to design an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
The Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle curriculum unit consists of three activities and was designed to be conducted over four days. Each activity can also stand alone, however, and the unit need not be completed in its entirety.
You may download the entire curriculum at the link below, choose the resources you need from the list below, or click on the day pages in the left column, which contain links to the supporting materials for each activity organized by day taught.
To download curriculum:
List of educator guides and digital resources by day
Day 1 - Up in the Air: Carbon Cycle and Climate Change, Part I
Day 2 - Up in the Air: Carbon Cycle and Climate Change, Part II
Day 3 - The Ins and Outs of a Climate Feedback Loop
Day 4 - What’s the Plan? Climate Change Mitigation