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Welcome to The Keystone Center’s curriculum website with over 65 lessons developed to introduce middle and high school teachers and their students to the topic of climate change and to provide new ways of thinking about the problem and potential solutions. The curricula provide teachers with a non-biased framework for investigating climate change.

The Keystone Center, in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), and The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), presents interdisciplinary curriculum modules for middle and high school level students on the topic of global climate change, entitled CSI: Climate Status Investigations.

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An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Module For
Middle School,
Grades 5-8
Climate Status Investigations
An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Module For
High School,
Grades 9-12
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week 4 | Extensions

Middle School CSI: Climate Status Investigations (grades 5-8)

The middle school CSI module spans 10 days and 4 disciplines: math, language arts, science and social studies. Using over 40 lesson plans, teachers guide students through an inquiry-based investigation of the science of global climate change, the primary sources of greenhouse gases, and potential solutions, such as sequestration.

All activities are aligned to the National Education Standards and include background information, materials lists and student assessment. The lessons and labs also include the use of technology when appropriate.

The middle school CSI module encompasses lessons that allow students to define climate change; allow for debate on its effects and to better understand positions of different stakeholders; provide lab activities to understand the greenhouse effect, address the social implications of changes in our earth’s climate; and examine various adaptation and mitigation strategies, including sequestration methods currently in the development stage at NETL.

High School CSI: Climate Status
Investigations (grades 9-12)

The high school CSI module is designed around the concept of the classic challenge to first develop an understanding of climate change, the potential contributing factors, and then devise potential solutions.

Students are given the tools to evaluate possible responses and multiple points of view, and are further challenged to work both independently and together to develop an acceptable plan of action. This multi-disciplinary, hands-on curriculum includes biology, Earth science, chemistry, physics, and ecology as well as language arts, math, and social studies connections immersed in each lesson. The lessons and labs also include the use of technology when appropriate.

The high school CSI curriculum module is composed of over 20 lessons. In some cases, there are Extension Activities or Follow-Up ideas that extend learning should the teacher have time. There is also a resource section that is available for teacher or student reference. Each lesson plan is divided into parts to make it easier for the teacher to navigate the information.


Cliamte Status Investigations
"Carbon sequestration" is a family of methods for capturing and permanently isolating gases that otherwise could contribute to global climate change. Affordable and environmentally safe sequestration approaches could offer a way to stabilize atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide without requiring the United States and other countries to make large-scale and potentially costly changes to their energy infrastructures.

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