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Authors

Kim Preshoff, TED-Ed

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Video, 2 minutes, 27 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessment
  • Interactive Media
  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

How to Visualize One Part Per Million

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Synopsis
  • This video from TED-Ed shows nine ways students can visualize measurements in parts per million, considering it is not inherently simple to conceptualize. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video was created with the help of over 100 animators to create visualizations of one part per million.
  • The examples used are engaging, relatable, and varied which can make it more accessible to different styles of learning.
  • The video webpage includes eight "Think" questions, a "Dig Deeper" section with additional resources, and a "Discuss" section with a guided prompt for discussion.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know what types of things we measure using parts per million, particularly greenhouse gas concentrations.
  • Students should understand that even though one part per million seems small, even low levels of toxic substances are dangerous.
  • You must sign into the website to use the interactive features.

Differentiation

  • Students can create their own analogies to visualize one part per million.
  • Students in math classes can convert units using parts per million.
  • Students can write an analysis of why they think it is difficult for humans to conceptualize parts per million and relate it to why humans have a hard time conceptualizing long periods of time (like the 4.6 billion years of Earth's history).
Scientist Notes
The video provides nine clear examples for students to understand ppm which is a common unit for measuring CO2 concentrations. There is no contradiction in the examples given. Thus, the resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Mathematics
    • Quantitative Reasoning: Ratio and Proportional Relationships (6-8)
      • 7.RP.A.2 Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard A1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • D.A1.4.a Brainstorm individual and collaborative approaches to a creative art or design problem.
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