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CARBON SOURCES - Climate Change Videos
With Lesson Plans and Links

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Episode 1 - Carbon Dioxide Is a Greenhouse Gas     [8:32]

This visual dictionary explains the basic vocabulary words viewers need to understand the video series. It's a good way to make sure everyone is on the same page, including definitions of greenhouse gases, weather vs climate, etc.


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to extend learning.
Click here for CO2 extinguishing candle demo instructions.

NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

Thumbnail of video showing experiment that shows indicator change when you breathe into water and make carbonic acid.

Episode 2 -  Carbon from Gas Exchange (Cellular Respiration)     [8:43]

We exhale 100 x more CO2 than we inhale. That doesn't create climate change but discovering the source of that carbon gives us insight into the carbon cycle and burning questions like, "Where does fat go when we lose it?" and "What are carbs anyway?"


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Click here for cabbage juice demo instructions.

NGSS LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

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Episode 3 - Carbon from Campfires     [7:06]

Wood fires produce carbon dioxide because cellulose (and other big molecules that make up wood) are carbon based. Those molecules can produce carbon dioxide in three different ways: digestion, decomposition, and combustion.


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to extend learning.
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r burning wood demo information.

NGSS LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

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Episode 4 -  Carbon from Coal-Fired Power Plants     [8:07]

After a quick look at coal formation and a zip through the Industrial Revolution, viewers learn how burning coal can generate electricity that lights up the night. I make a very simple DIY generator.


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to extend learning.
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Y generator demo instructions.

NGSS LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

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Episode 5 - Carbon from Crude Oil Fuels     [9:01]

Crude oil started out as plankton in ancient oceans. After refining it, we use the gasoline to fuel our cars, ships, and airplanes. Thanks to Joe Kaufman for a great model of how internal combustion engines work in his book, What Makes It Go?

 

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Click here for "Gas Is
Powerful" demo information.

NGSS LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

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Episode 6 - Carbon from Natural Gas (Methane)     [10:14]

Natural gas is mostly made of methane, CH4. I discuss fracking to collect natural       gas from shale. We burn gas for heat in homes, industry and electricity generation. Methane in our atmosphere is a powerful greenhouse gas that we must control.


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to extend learning.
Click here for fracking
demo instructions.

NGSS LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

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Episode 7 - Carbon from Volcanoes     [8:37]

Volcanoes can change the weather, globally and for several years. But how much carbon dioxide do they emit compared to our anthropogenic (man-made) carbon dioxide  output?


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Click here for carbon dioxide dissolved in gas experiment
instructions.

NGSS LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

CARBON SOURCES VIDEOS (where carbon is stored)
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ith Lesson Plans and Links

Thumbnail video shows how we can meaure the mass of tree and find out how much of it came from CO2, as well as how much carbon it stores.

Carbon Sinks - Photosynthesis and Trees (9:38)

@STEMwithCog explores where trees get their mass and why we say it comes from thin air. Cog explores photosynthesis and how makes sugars for the cell. Those sugars are used as an energy source or broken down with oxygen to make the tree 

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Click here to for more info on how to measure carbon in a tree.

NGSS LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life
NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

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Carbon Sinks - Oceans   (9:16)

@STEMwithCog explores oceans, how they absorb excess carbon and move it up the marine food pyramid until it decomposes or is buried. Limiting factors like iron control populations. Watch demos of CO2 absorption and heat absorption. Learn about ocean currents, weather, and climate.

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Click here for more info on carbon dioxide absorprtion experiment.

NGSS LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

NGSS LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

NGSS PS1.B Substances react chemically in characteristic ways.

NGSS PS3.D: Energy in chemical processes and everyday life
NGSS ESS3.D Global climate change

NGSS ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

NGSS ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

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Carbon Sinks - The Slow Carbon Cycle (9:45)

@STEMwithCog explores how some marine organisms can extract calcium and carbonate from ocean water, forming calcium carbonate shells. These shells can become rock that is chemically weathered to release CO2, which can be absorbed by oceans, starting the cycle again.

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Click here for more info on calcium carbonate experiment.

NGSS PS1.A Substances are made of atoms that combine in various ways.

NGSS PS1.B Substances react chemically in characteristic ways.

NGSS ESS3.A Human activities are major factors in current rise of Earth's temp.

NGSS SS2.A Planet systems interact.

Coming Soon - Climate Change Solutions Videos!

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