The Carbon Cycle

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Describe matter cycles in terms of the stages and processes by which specific atoms are withdrawn from a source, are incorporated into the tissues of living organisms, and return to their original source
  • Construct a simple diagram to represent the carbon cycle
  • Identify some of the ways in which human activity may change the carbon cycle and the issue involved with that change

Curriculum Connections

  • Grades 5 - 8
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Length of Activity

2 hours

Materials List

  • Matter Cycles Backgrounder
  • The Carbon Cycle Backgrounder
  • The Carbon Caper Article
  • The Carbon Cycle Learner Worksheet
  • The Carbon Cycle Learner Answer Key

Online Lesson Format