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Project Hero

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Ebooks
  • Videos, 1 minute, 17 seconds
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Activity - Outdoors

Regional Focus

Global

Project Hero Soil Quest - Uncover: Soil & Atmosphere

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Synopsis
  • This resource explains carbon sequestration and carbon release using two videos, an excellent diagram, a writing activity, and outdoor observation. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is a great introduction to the carbon cycle, focusing on the soil and atmosphere. 
  • The visual depiction of the carbon cycle is easy to understand and the video from The National Ocean Service is engaging. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have prior knowledge about elements. 

Differentiation

  • Connections can be made in language arts classes during informative reading and writing units. 
  • Try projecting the carbon cycle visual onto the board or wall and having students mark the diagram with ideas, thoughts, questions, and connections. 
  • Consider using each of the Points to Ponder for group work. Assign each point to a group and have them complete a journal or other activity and then share their work with the class. 
  • Other related resources include this video about the importance of soil, this carbon cycle coloring page, and this video about how amazing soil is.
Scientist Notes

The resource highlights the functions of good soils in carbon sequestration. Compared to healthy soils, unhealthy soils are less able to sequester carbon. Students would also learn the value of maintaining a balanced carbon cycle and healthy atmospheric carbon levels for life on Earth. For instruction, this is advised.

Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.5 Provide an accurate summary of various texts; determine the central idea(s) or theme(s) and analyze its development throughout each text.
      • R.6-8.7 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in various texts, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
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