21 January Science 8 Carbon / Carbon Cycle jigsaw / introduction

  1. Mindful moment.
  2. Review previous class.
  3. Read today’s plan.
  4. Prepare DSN entry for today.
  5. Questions
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We will watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzImo8kSXiU.

Think of the ways that carbon is a building material in nature and in human technology and the ways carbon is a fuel. Be careful about using the term “carbon” to designate any carbon compound. That can lead to confusion. For example, carbon dioxide is a compound of the elements carbon and oxygen. Sometimes people abbreviate the discussion and use the term carbon without clarifying that they are referring to carbon dioxide. Remember that the properties of elements are not the same as the properties of the compounds (molecules) they make.

Work in the most recent group to review and analyze references related to Carbon and the Carbon Cycle Work together to help each other examine, analyze, and try to understand your cluster of references. Identify important concepts–big ideas and significant details. Identify essential terms–discuss what they could mean from the context–rather than look up definitions that may be out of context. Identify questions you have and that your classmates are likely to have. Which parts of your references may prove confusing for your classmates? Why do you think so?

Prepare a 5 minute presentation based on your references that captures the main ideas and significant supporting examples. Find out what you can about the background of the references. (Who, how, what, why, etc.) Discuss how the references relate to what you already know about matter. Present the most important questions that you and your group have. What do you and your group suspect the point of view of the author(s) to be? Why? Identify bridges AND barriers to deeper understanding of the topic.

Group 1


Group 2

Group 3

It’s All about Carbon

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