This lesson is most eective when students have already seen the lm:
An Inconvenient Truth.
I they have not, and time does not permit or the entire lm, it is suggested that you show thesegments listed in the Class Time
section o this lesson plan.
In this lesson, students will learn that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are not all the same. They willinvestigate the type and severity o emissions released by dierent countries, states, industries, and cars.This assignment will challenge students to estimate the impact o each actor on greenhouse gas emissions.They will also examine their own personal activities and nd ways to help reduce the damage.
• Understand why the relative impact on global warming may vary depending on where you live,what car you drive, how many miles you drive, and how you live your lie.• Understand how both government and corporate policy impact individual choices and vice versa.• Represent data illustrating dierences in greenhouse gas emissions at various scales.• Calculate the relationship between gas mileage and carbon dioxide emissions in variousautomobiles.• Construct a concept map illustrating the relationships among government policies, individualbehaviors, and global warming.• Evaluate multiple ways in which emissions o greenhouse gases can be reduced in the localcommunity.
This lesson addresses the ollowing National Science Education Standards:
As a result o activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop• Abilities necessary to do scientic inquiry.• Understandings about scientic inquiry.
As a result o activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding o • Personal health
The lesson is designed to accomplish these major goals: 1. S tuden ts will cri ticall y discuss the global warming issue. 2. S tuden ts will in ves tiga te and discuss the rela tionship be t ween greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. 3. S tuden ts will mak e in formed decisions in vol ving science and socie t y.