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In this active game, students follow the path of carbon through the carbon cycle to learn where carbon is stored and how it circulates. In the first round of the game, students move from one component of the Earth to the next, discovering there are short and long term carbon cycles and that the short carbon cycle is closely linked to energy flow in ecosystems. The second round highlights how human actions, through the use of fossil fuels and clearing of the world’s forests, results in an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Students learn to observe, recognize connections, and practice system thinking.
The activity is particularly relevant for those units of study that examine climate change within the context of the carbon cycle. Extension activities to enhance the learning are suggested.
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