Activity 12: The Carbon Puzzle
This activity helps students connect the concepts of carbon sequestration in pine forests, carbon storage in wood products, and saving carbon emissions through wood product substitution. Students participate in a Six Bits group exercise to assess a series of facts and answer this question: How can we best manage forests and wood to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide? With instructor guidance and a slide presentation, students learn how researchers have answered this question, and they then use a graph to explore changes in forest carbon pools over time.
Full Activity (with student pages included)
Presentation and Teacher Notes
- CORRIM (Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials) Presentations – Several videos and presentations related to assessments of carbon storage, life cycles, and product substitution.
- Forest Management Solutions for Mitigating Climate Change in the United States – Report with information on preventing greenhouse gas emissions through wood substitution and biomass substitution and reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases through sequestration in forests and storage in wood products.
- Maximizing Forest Contributions to Carbon Mitigation – Fact sheet summarizing CORRIM research findings for life cycle assessment studies related to carbon in forests, forest products, and wood product substitution.
- Discover the Forest – Activities and resources related to engaging students in the outdoors and green spaces.
The previous activities on carbon are a must for this activity to be successful in the classroom.
I had to use the information in Carbon on the Move, which I presented to my class before proceeding with The Carbon Puzzle, in order to give my students a bit more background.
I had to use the information in Carbon on the Move, which I presented to my class before proceeding with The Carbon Puzzle, in order to give my students a bit more background.I made up a study guide with questions about the background info.
This presentation was very well done, and, while challenging, it was very applicable to much of the content we have discussed in class earlier in the year.
The writing prompt in the assessment section was one of the best assessments and it was easy to assess student knowledge from responses.