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Activity 9 (Elaborate): CO2 Sources & Solutions

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Activity Summary

In this activity, students learn about where fossil fuels come from, and they make the connection that burning fossil fuels (largely in power plants and vehicles) is what is increasing the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They research local sources of greenhouse gases, and discover that sources of greenhouse gases are also the sources for other air pollutants. Finally, students start brainstorming ways that they can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide they put in the atmosphere.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 45 minutes


  • Students will understand where fossil fuels come from

  • Students will understand how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere from fossil fuels

  • Students will identify local sources of greenhouse gas emissions

  • Students will brainstorm ideas for keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere


  • Computer & projector

  • Speakers (for video)

  • Student computers (optional)

  • Plain paper



  • Carbon dioxide and Fossil Fuels graphic organizer

Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. Introduction to Fossil Fuels

3. What Do We Do With Fossil Fuels?


4. Earth and Carbon Dioxide

5. Local Sources of Greenhouse Gases

6. Greenhouse Gases and Other Pollutants

7. What Can We Do?

8. Formative Assessment


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Rebecca Davis, Education Manager

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