As an undergraduate-level Chemistry teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching about fertilizers, types of fertilizers, the assessment of different types of fertilizers, the possible effect of fertilizer use on the environment due to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and best practices to mitigate these effects.

The teaching tools in this lesson plan help students to understand the significance of GHG emissions from fertilizer use. Further, the lesson plan triggers a discussion on practices to mitigate such emissions because GHGs are possible contributors to climate change. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Chemistry.

Grade Level: Undergraduate
Discipline: Chemistry
Topics in Discipline: Fertilizers in Agriculture, Types of fertilizers,Effects of the Use of Fertilizers on the Environment
Climate Topic: Climate and the Atmosphere,The Greenhouse Effect
Location: Global
Languages: English
Access: Online

Learning outcomes

  • describe fertilizers and their types.
  • describe the need for fertilizers in agriculture and in increasing food productivity.
  • assess the usage of different types of fertilizers.
  • discuss the potential effects of fertilizers on climate.
  • discuss the best practices to mitigate the potentially adverse effects of fertilizers on global warming.
Lesson Plan Contributed by Dr. Shikha Gulati, Assistant Professor, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India