Transformations in Matter and Energy Carbon TIME is an NSF-funded partnership led by Michigan State University
Human Energy Systems | Activity 5.1
Target Student Performance
Students choose preferred lifestyles based on data about four countries (United States, France, China, Ethiopia) and compare CO2 emissions based on those lifestyles.
Resources You Provide
- (optional) Calculator (1 per group of four students)
- 5.1 Lifestyle Cards (1-2 sets per class)
- 5.1 Extreme Makeover: Lifestyle Edition Worksheet (1 per student)
- 5.1 Secrets Revealed! Worksheet (1 per student)
- 5.1 Extreme Makeover: Lifestyle Edition PPT
Print the 5.1 Lifestyle Cards. You may choose to laminate them in order to re-use them another time. Prepare four stations. Set up one transportation station with all four transportation cards, one food station with all four food cards, etc. Print one copy each of 5.1 Extreme Makeover: Lifestyle Edition Worksheet and 5.1 Secrets Revealed! Worksheet for each student. Note: do not hand out the 5.1 Secrets Revealed! Worksheet until after students make their first lifestyle choices.
The worksheets in this Activity do not come with accompanying annotated worksheets. This is because the choices students make in this Activity will vary from student to student, and there are no correct or incorrect answers. The purpose of the Activity is to show that there is variation in how we use carbon, not that there is a correct or incorrect way to use carbon.
Point out to students that the unit of measurement for CO2 is pounds, whereas the unit of measurement for electricity is kilowatt hours. These are different units of measurement! One kilowatt hour does not always produce the same amount of CO2.