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SCIENCE | MIDDLE SCHOOL

Clearing Carbon From Our Air

Carbon can be found in just about everything on earth, including proteins, DNA, and fats. Scientists around the world are working together to measure carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and oceans. This public radio story introduces us to a scientist who is passionate about the global climate crisis. The story challenges students’ math skills and gets them thinking about their carbon footprint.

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Story Length: 8:21

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

Discussion Themes

  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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