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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 5 minutes, 12 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Can Trees Undo Climate Change?

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  • This video explores the effects of planting trees in relation to climate change.
  • Students learn the process of carbon sequestration and how best to plant trees to help the environment.

Teaching Tips


  • Beautiful graphics and straightforward information.
  • Highlights the need for coordinating with local communities in reforestation projects to promote social sustainability.
  • It discusses three necessary steps for proper tree planting.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have an understanding of climate change.
  • Students should be familiar with terms like carbon dioxide, gigatonnes, terrestrial life and biodiversity.


  • Teachers can show 1:20-2:03 of this video to teach 3rd-5th graders about carbon sequestration.
  • The section from 2:30-3:52 that outlines how to properly plant trees could be used in a class discussion with 6th-8th graders.
  • Teachers could also use section from 3:52-4:21 to explain the importance of forest preservation.
  • Click here for a time-lapse video of Earth’s forests.
  • Click here for an StC lesson plan for more solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides a thought-out and well-coordinated approach to tree planting to sequester CO2. This is recommended for teaching.
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