Lesson Plan Library

Detailed lesson plans have been created for each book and video. These plans take a bit deeper dive into the science and provide a fun and educational learning experience to assist teachers and homeschool parents.

Our CO2 Learning Center lesson plans all have the same format, which includes learning standards from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), student learning objectives, background information on the science concepts covered in the book or video, suggested activities including labs to enrich the lesson and reinforce use of the scientific method, and formative and summative questions.

The NGSS are the standards on which most public-school systems have based their curriculum. We do not necessarily endorse the NGSS but have included the relevant standards for circumstances in which a teacher is required to use them. The lesson plans contain everything that a teacher might be required to submit in a formal lesson plan to a school administrator or science department head.

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  • Once Upon A Time

    This lesson plan gives a brief background of CO2 and how plants use the molecule to produce food. Activities include playing with frozen carbon dioxide, exploring how air takes up space, and how to measure CO2 in the air.

  • Simon The Solar-Powered Cat

    This lesson plan explains food chains, photosynthesis, and the carbon cycle. Activities include identifying food chains in nature, measuring food energy, and using chromatography to separate plant pigments.

  • The Magic Mirror

    The Magic Mirror is the third in a planned series of informative and entertaining books for students on various aspects of science made available through the CO2 Learning Center. Students will learn about how the Earth naturally recycles all of the substances on the planet and how the carbon dioxide cycle is a critical part of this recycling.

  • Gases in the Air

    Join sisters Elyssa, Sophia, and Ariana as they tell you about something very important that we take for granted — the air that surrounds us! This entertaining and engaging video explains the components of the air we breathe and the basics of photosynthesis.