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Overview of Inquiry Based Science
Carbon Cycle Lecture Notes
Carbon Cycle Exploration Game
Learning About Burning: Combustion
Designing Experiments About the Carbon Cycle
Meet the Authors
In order to understand Climate Change it is important
to understand the way chemicals cycle naturally through the environment.
Studying the carbon cycle allows students to better understand both chemical
cycles in general and specifically carbon's role in climate change.
Through the following series of activities students
have a chance to develop an in-depth understanding of the carbon cycle.
Please feel free to contact the authors of the individual activities with
any suggestions or questions.
What does it look like? What does it sound like?
At this site you will find a list of how Inquiry Based Science will
enhance the learning experiences in your classroom. The pictures shown
were taken during actual experiments conducted by students.
Here you will find a complete lecture for the use of the teacher.
This contains fantastic diagrams, links to articles and agencies, and a
complete list of references and extensions that we have found useful in
our study of this topic.
This game introduces information on the carbon cycle. It includes
notes covering the greenhouse effect, carbon cycle, historical and future
predictions, and global concerns. Students have two goals:
to answer questions about the carbon cycle and to keep the level of atmospheric
carbon dioxide from getting too high or too low. This activity can
be used as pre-assessment or review.
This series of activities focuses on combustion and respiration, two important
and conspicuous components of the carbon cycle. Using simple materials,
students perform several short discovery exercises through which they determine
the equations for combustion and respiration. An inquiry exercise
allows students to explore further, and a summary quiz checks for understanding.
This group of five inquiry based experiments is designed
to give students the opportunity to discover how Carbon Dioxide is used
in the ecosystem in several different ways. Students will use some
everyday materials and some more "high-tech" lab equipment to measure the
levels of Carbon Dioixde in various types of plants.
Meet the Authors
Jody is the Education Specialist at Chaffee
Zoo in Fresno, CA. She writes curriculum for AIMS and directs many
workshops for teachers through the zoo. Jody is also a USI Life Science
Trainer. Her favorite hobby is dragging unsuspecting science teachers
from one end of the zoo to the other while successfully searching for naked
Rich teaches at The Bryn Mawr School for Girls in
Baltimore. He is currently teaching Middle School Earth and Environmental
Science. He is also Sixth Grade Chair, coaches Cross Country, and directs
the Middle School Musical. His favorite color is green and has surprised
us with his musical talents with rap.
Frank is a high school physics teacher in South Plainfield,
New Jersey. Frank is an accomplished mimic, doing wonderful imitations
of everyone he meets and various local celebrities. He enjoys running
marathons which keeps his vitality and youthfulness. Frank tutors
students who have troubles with mathematics and physics.
Eric teaches at Herrin High School in Herrin, IL.
He is currently teaching Biology, Physical Science, and Applied Biology.
He does environmental consulting and serves as the trainer for the Williamson
County Underwater Search and Recovery Team. Eric hasn't completely
submerged for four weeks and is going through withdrawal because he hasn't
been breathing compressed air lately.
Margaret teaches at Chester High School in
Chester, SC. She is currently teaching Physical Science, Integrated
Science, and Biological Studies. She serves as a consultant teaching
teachers how to utilize the Office 97 & 98 package in the classroom.
Margaret has seen more Broadway musicals in her four weeks at Princeton
than most New Yorkers see in a lifetime. She entertains her students
with her renditions of these during lecture and lab activities.
Maureene is an elementary teacher in New Jersey.
Maureen spends her free time rebuilding old houses and playing with her
cats. She sponsors workshops on cooperative learning and effective
Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Environmental Science
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
CN 5281, Princeton NJ 08543-5281