What Is My Carbon Footprint?
This activity allows students to calculate their carbon footprint using an online calculator. A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organization, event, or product. A household’s carbon footprint varies depending on factors such as home size, types of vehicles used, and what household members eat and purchase. In this activity, students calculate their household’s carbon footprint by entering data into an online calculator. At the end of the activity, students suggest ways for reducing their carbon footprint.
Student Learning Targets
- Estimate the amount of carbon dioxide produced either directly or indirectly through everyday activities.
- List several ways to reduce a household’s carbon footprint.
- Compare the average carbon footprint to their own.
atmosphere, carbon dioxide (CO2), emission, global warming, greenhouse gas, pollution
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Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-ESS2-6; SEP2, SEP5
AP Biology (2019)
SYI-2.B; SP1, SP4
IB Biology (2016)
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Topic(s): 5.7, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.13, 9.4, 9.5
Learning Objectives & Practices: EIN-2.I, ENG-3.B, ENG-3.C, ENG-3.E, 3 ENG-3.T, STB-4.E, STB-4.F, SP1, SP5, SP6
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
7.1, 7.2, 7.3
Common Core (2010)
Math.N-Q.2; MP2, MP5
Vision and Change (2009)
CC4, CC5; DP2, DP3, DP6