Find a
Resource
Select grade level(s) Select resource type(s) Select collection(s) Select standard(s) Skip navigation Digital Library for Earth System Education
Digital Library for Earth System Education
Search tips
Where in the World is Carbon Dioxide?
This three part activity has students set up experiments to help them better understand the atmospheric portion of the carbon cycle. From this activity, they will be able to explain the concept of sources and sinks as they relate to carbon dioxide, the use of indicator solution bromothymol blue (BTB) to reveal the presence of carbon dioxide, and the qualitative differences between animal and fossil fuel sources of global carbon dioxide. The student guide has an overall description of all three parts of the activity, lists of materials, the procedure and observations and questions. The instructor guide contains detailed background material, learning goals, alignment to national standards, grade level/time, details on materials and preparation, procedure, assessment ideas, and modifications for alternative learners.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Chemistry
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geochemistry
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The source of this material is Project Learn at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). References herein to other Web pages, which may be linked to this site, specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by UCAR. The user of this Web site understands that, with the exception of an employee or other authorized user of a UCAR sponsoring organization, UCAR may not be obligated to provide any support, consulting, training, or assistance of any kind with regard to the use of this Web site, or to provide any updates, revisions, or new versions. Copyright 2000-2001 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-597
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • C - Life science:
        • Structure and function in living systems
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • C - Life science:
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'LEARN: Atmospheric Science Explorers'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research