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Carbon Cycle Web Game

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:


Students will explore a web game that identifies sources of carbon and the changes it goes through as it travels the carbon cycle.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 3 Objective 3

Examine the natural and human-caused processes that cause Earth's climate to change over intervals of time ranging from decades to millennia.



Web Sites

Background For Teachers:
This is a good introductory lesson.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Hand out student sheet (attached).
  2. Go over the procedures.
  3. Have students log on to the following website: Carbon Cycle Game
  4. Give students time to work
  5. Discuss analysis questions.

Assessment Plan:

  1. 0.04%
  2. CO2, water vapor, methane & nitrous oxide all these molecules vibrate when they absorb heat, they help keep heat in the atmosphere
  3. 3%
  4. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants or other autotrophs take water and carbon dioxide and change it into sugar and oxygen
  5. 65%
  6. phytoplankton
  7. answers will vary
  8. No, carbon will cycle forever
  9. Answers will vary
  10. More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 06 2014 12:12 PM