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Carbon Cycle Role Play

Secondary, Middle

Description

In this activity, students act out the carbon cycle.  The goal is for them to visualize the changes that take place in the earth’s finite amount of carbon as it moves back and forth from atmosphere to hydrosphere to biosphere and to lithosphere. Students also consider how human disturbances such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation disrupt the carbon cycle and impact the world’s climate.

Students are provided with role play cards and a template to guide the simulation. Discussion questions help focus attention on key concepts.

General Assessment

Strengths

  • Offers an experiential tool for teaching the carbon cycle
  • Includes a detailed lesson plan &  background information for teachers
  • Provides all materials needed to complete the role play.
  • Encourages & supports extending the learning.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Nutrient cycles are core concepts when teaching about ecosystems in middle and high school science. This simulation offers an experiential learning opportunity in addition to more traditional ones.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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    • Grade 6
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        • Earth Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions.
        • Living Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions
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        • Interactions and Ecosystems
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        • Science 10-4 (Knowledge and Employability Science): Investigating Matter and Energy in Environmental Systems
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        • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
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        • Senior 2 Science: Dynamics of Ecosystems
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        • Science 7 Earth Surface Processes:Learning and Living Sustainably (STSE)
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        • Science 9 Ecosystem Dynamics: Learning and Living Sustainably (STSE)
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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Interdependence