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360Storylines—Droughts, 1-Year Access

By: The Flinn Scientific Staff

Item #: AP10994

Price: $527.25

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Use the 7 labs in this 360Storyline to lead students to a written understanding/working model of droughts and climate change.

 

Key Concepts

  • Climate Change
  • Thermodynamics
  • Combustion
  • Heat of Vaporization
  • Alternative Energy
  • Carbon Cycle

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Product Details

360Storyline is a collection of experiments that together let students engage in science in an authentic manner through the use of relevant phenomena. Each experiment in a 360Storyline builds on things learned in the preceding experiments until students develop a final, working explanation or model of the phenomenon. Every lab in any 360Storyline is completely editable and supported by videos and simulations. 

Includes:

  • Access to digital content for 1 year
  • Lab supplies for each experiment for a single class of 30 students

 

Droughts
Lead students to a written understanding/working model of droughts and climate change. Earth is a complex system with many interconnected parts. The carbon cycle helps describe what happens to the carbon dioxide released by human activity. Excess carbon can result in increased temperatures, which can in turn affect rainfall levels and result in drought. The ability of carbon dioxide to act as a greenhouse gas can be used either as an introduction to, or as a case study for, infrared spectroscopy.

What Students Do

Lab 1—Carbon Dioxide and Its Role in Climate
Students carry out an investigation to determine the effect of an increased carbon dioxide concentration on temperature within a closed system.

Lab 2—How Nature Records Changes in Climate
Students examine tree rings in order to make observations relating to changing rates of growth.

Lab 3—Human Activity and Carbon Emissions
Students investigate the three main sources of anthropogenic carbon emissions: combustion, land use/deforestation and cement production. Students develop a model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, biosphere, geosphere and atmosphere.

Lab 4—Model Climate Change with Melting Ice
Students observe temperature change as ice and room temperature water are added to near boiling water. This demonstrates the latent heat of ice melting and how it affects the overall temperature of the ocean.

Lab 5—Climate Change and Keeping Cool
Students examine different methods to “escape the heat,” first in a dry environment and then in a humid one.

Lab 6—Solar Cell Technology
Switching to greener sources of energy could help combat climate change. Students construct their own dye-sensitized solar cells using blackberry juice as sensitizer.

Lab 7—Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle
Students design an experiment to confirm that both carbon dioxide dissolution in water and plant photosynthesis contribute to capturing and converting atmospheric CO2.

About 360Storylines

A 360Storyline is a collection of experiments that together let students engage in science in an authentic manner through the use of relevant phenomena. Each experiment in a 360Storyline builds on things learned in the preceding experiments until students develop a final, working explanation or model of the phenomenon. Every lab in any 360Storyline is completely editable and supported by videos and simulations. 

Students must drive the learning forward by developing procedures and asking questions. Each storyline is supported by editable documents that force students to think about how the data they collect relate to an individual experiment’s investigative phenomenon and how the data they collect in a series of labs relate to a broader, anchoring phenomenon.

Specifications

1-Year Access


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
HS-ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
HS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect
Energy and Matter in Systems
Stability and Change of Systems

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS2-2: Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
HS-ESS2-4: Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
HS-ESS2-6: Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
HS-ESS3-2: Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
HS-ESS3-5: Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.