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Lesson 1

Life and Climate

Life on Earth has been shaped by, depends on, and affects climate. This lesson looks at two basic building blocks of life and climate: water and carbon, reviewing routes that these these essential components take as they cycle through time and space.

In this lesson you will learn:
1) A Definition of Climate
2) A review of the Water Cycle
3) A review of the Carbon Cycle
4) Some Interactions of Climate and Life on Earth

Time Requirement
Most teachers spend at least 1 hour completing this lesson,
a typical time investment (including the assessment) is 2 hours.

Science Standards covered in this lesson (click to show)
National Standards:
Geography: 5 Environment and Society
Science Content: U Unifying Concept and Processes
Science Content: A Science as Inquiry
Science Content: D Earth and Space Science
AP Environmental Science Topics
Energy conversion
Earth is one interconnected system
Humans alter natural systems AP Human Geography
Use and think about maps and spatial data
Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places
Wisconsin Common Core Standards:
Science A Science Connections
Science D Physical Science
Science F Life and Environmental Science