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Carbon Cycle Poster


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    California Academy of Sciences

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Carbon Cycle Poster

In this activity, learners gain knowledge about how carbon moves through all four of the Earth’s major spheres (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere), and understand how humans influence the carbon cycle and contribute to global climate change. Learners work in groups to create a diagram to show how the Earth's major spheres are connected by diffusion, respiration, burial, and weathering. This detailed lesson plan includes key vocabulary words, discussion questions, resources for educators, and is standards-based.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
Chinese, English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)


  • poster or butcher paper
  • four colors of construction paper (we suggest blue, green, yellow, and brown)
  • scotch tape
  • scissors
  • colored pencils, crayons, or markers
  • Carbon Flow Arrows
  • Carbon Cycle Poster Alteration Cards
  • Carbon Cycle Poster Alteration Answers

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Geochemical Cycles
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
      • Oceans and Water
      • Atmosphere
      • Biosphere
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Energy Flow and Chemical Cycles
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Changes of Phase

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • California Academy of Sciences

Rights:

  • California Academy of Sciences, 2008

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