Carbon Footprint

This task is designed for high school students studying the impacts of human activities on the carbon cycle and/or global warming. Given two people with different human activities, students compare and contrast the behaviors that impact climate change.

Assessment 3D Learning Target

Analyze and interpret data about cause and effect relationships resulting in changes to the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere.

Standard Addressed

PE: HS-ESS2-6: Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.

By Dimension: Specific dimension pieces that this assessment will center on.


Develop and Use Models

  • Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the relationships between systems or components of a system..


ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

  • Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate


Systems and System Models

  • Models (e.g., physical, mathematical, computer models) can be used to simulate systems and interactions — including energy, matter and information flows — within and between systems at different scales.



  • Chris Scott, Glacier Peak High School
  • Jessica Torvik Lee, Shoreline School District
  • Korey Peterson, OSPI
  • Scott Conlan, Sedro-Woolley School District