Carbon & Climate

Carbon & Climate

Online Course+E-Unit   $39.99 Add to cart
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Perhaps more than any other environmental issue, the topic of climate change challenges science teachers to accurately convey data, reveal assumptions, and engage critical-thinking skills. Designed for students in grades 6-8, Carbon & Climate provides activities and resources to help educators meet these challenges, introducing students to some of the complex issues involved in climate change. Review this Overview to learn more about what students will do, the setting, and time required to complete each individual activity. 

Just announced! Project Learning Tree's Carbon & Climate curriculum for grades 6-8 has been awarded a 2020 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom from Learning ® Magazine! Learn more
Carbon and Climate

Project Learning Tree's hands-on and engaging activities help teach students how to think, not what to think, about the environment and their place within it.

    • The activities are designed to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
    • The lessons are flexible and easy to incorporate into your existing curriculum.
    • Activities are multi-disciplinary.
        • They are constructed around – rather than simply correlated to – targeted performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). They build on one another to foster students’ understanding and skills for meeting the specific standards.
        • They are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math.
        • They are aligned with the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies
        • They are organized around the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) 5E Instructional Model – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate.

What’s included:

1.  Carbon & Climate e-unit 

Project Learning Tree's e-units support learning as a developmental progression. Teachers may use individual activities as stand-alone investigations or choose to conduct all e-unit activities from beginning to end.

The e-unit contains:

    • access to detailed step-by-step lesson plans online
    • downloadable student worksheets, also available as Google Slides compatible with Google Classroom
    • a range of assessment tools, including pre- and post-assessments and evaluation rubrics
    • easy-to-understand teacher background information
    • comprehensive, interactive connections to academic standards -- correlations are showcased for educators using innovative and interactive hyperlinks
    • resources for customizing the lessons to your students and situation
    • suggestions for fiction and non-fiction books to enhance the activities
    • more teaching tools, including links to websites, videos, online quizzes, and other supplementary resources

Review this Overview to learn more about what students will do, the setting, and time required to complete each individual activity.

2.  Online professional development

The self-paced online workshop (approximately 3 hours) includes:

    • 6 coursels (each a 20–30-minute learning experience)
    • video demonstrations of select PLT activities
    • lesson planning exercises to help you plan how to facilitate activities with your students in your own setting
    • certificate of completion

Review this Welcome Letter for more information about the unit’s accompanying online workshop.

Continuing education credits and state-specific supplemental resources are offered in some states. For more information, contact your State PLT Coordinator.

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Here's what a few teachers have said about PLT’s Carbon & Climate e-unit:

“I would especially recommend the Carbon & Climate unit because I have not found other resources that were as explanatory or hands-on as these to teach this subject matter.” - Teacher's Choice Award reviewer

“The lessons are extremely well thought out and thorough. They are standards-based and follow a research-based framework for implementation.” - Teacher's Choice Award reviewer

“Project Learning Tree has a long history with me personally for quality materials. Going digital has really stepped up their game in presenting this valuable content; it makes everything engaging and accessible.” - Teacher's Choice Award reviewer

PLT Professional Development

Did you know? PLT’s 50-state network offers educators both in-person and blended professional development that is planned and conducted by locally trained facilitators and customized for specific grade levels, topics, outcomes, and teaching situations. Learn more at