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Human Energy Systems | Unit at a Glance

Unit at a Glance

Human Energy Systems Unit


Lesson 1 – Pretest and Expressing Ideas about Arctic Sea Ice (3 hr 5 min)

  • Activity 1.1 Human Energy Systems Unit Pretest (20 min)
  • Activity 1.2: Expressing Ideas about Arctic Sea Ice (40 min)
  • Activity 1.3: Graphing Arctic Sea Ice (45 min)
  • Activity 1.4: Drawing a Trend Line (40 min)
  • Activity 1.5: Finding a Trend in Arctic Sea Ice Data (40 min)


Lesson 2 – Finding Patterns in Large Scale Data (3 hr)

  • Activity 2.1: Home Groups: Four Considerations for Large Scale Data (45 min)
  • Activity 2.2: Expert Groups: Analysis of Large Scale Data (45 min)
  • Activity 2.3: Home Groups: Share Expertise (60 min)
  • Activity 2.4: Evidence-Based Argument for Earth Systems (30 min)


Lesson 3 – Explaining Connections between Patterns (1 hr 25 min)

  • Activity 3.1: Millions of Flasks of Air (25 min)
  • Activity 3.2: The Greenhouse Effect (20 min)
  • Activity 3.3: Explaining Relationships Between Earth Systems (40 min)


Lesson 4 – Fossil Fuels and Carbon Pools (3 hrs 35 min)

  • Activity 4.1: Questions for this Lesson (30 min)
  • Activity 4.2: Carbon Pools and Fossil Fuels (35 min)
  • Activity 4.3: Tiny World Modeling (50 min)
  • Activity 4.4: Global Computer Model (50 min)
  • Optional Activity 4.5: Effects of Seasons and Oceans (50 min)


Lesson 5 – Consequences of Our Lifestyles (3 hr)

  • Activity 5.1 Extreme Makeover: Lifestyle Edition (45 min)
  • Activity 5.2 Carbon Emissions Jigsaw (60 min)
  • Activity 5.3 Energy Scenarios (30 min)
  • Activity 5.4 Strategies for Lowering Carbon Emissions (45 min)


Lesson 6 – Global Implications and Posttest (2 hr 10 min)

  • Activity 6.1 Making Predictions About the Future of Earth’s Systems (30 min)
  • Activity 6.2 Using Models to Predict Future Conditions (50 min)
  • Activity 6.3 How Our Decisions Affect Earth’s Future (30 min)
  • Activity 6.4: Human Energy Systems Unit Posttest (20 min)