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CARBON SOURCES - Climate Change Videos
With Lesson Plans and Links

Thumbnail of video showing the Intro Experiment, putting out a candle with CO2

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

Thumbnail of video shows the DIY generator experiment

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

Thumbnail of vidoe shows demonstration of how internal combustion engine works using drill and egg beater

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

Thumbnail of video shows the fracking model made in the video

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

Thumbnail of video shows demonstration of CO2 escaping from carbonated water

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

These videos explored where carbon comes from,
Watch these videos to see where it gets stored!

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