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Art Works for Change

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry

Resource Types

  • Game
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Carbon Crush

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Synopsis
  • This game puts a chemistry spin on Candy Crush as students play with greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane.
  • The game has players match greenhouse gases to clear them from the atmosphere.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This game is a fun way to learn about the molecular structure of different greenhouse gases.
  • Students can learn more about each compound by hovering over its image and clicking on the name.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The game does not include instructions, so students should know how to play Candy Crush before starting.
  • There is background music that plays during the game.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can use this activity as a break-time or after-test activity when students are using devices in class.
  • Use this video to learn more about the different greenhouse gases and this lesson to understand the chemistry of the greenhouse effect.
  • The greenhouse gases in the game can be investigated for their GWP as compared to carbon dioxide in chemistry classes.
Scientist Notes
This match-3 game is a fun activity to supplement a lesson on greenhouse gasses, climate change, or similar topics. Clicking on each of the greenhouse gasses links to the Wikipedia article about the corresponding greenhouse gas. The Wikipedia articles are accurate and a good starting point for information but are not recommended as the primary source of information. With these considerations in mind, this game is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • HS-LS1-6. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.
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