Biogeochemical Cycles Teacher Resources

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An online reading and interactive game bring the path of a carbon molecule to life for your earth science explorers! As an assessment, learners can map out or write about their experience in the carbon cycle. Thoroughly written background information and links to related lessons and other resources are provided to help you easily develop a mini unit on the atmosphere and climate change.
Humans can have a big impact on the environment, specifically the influence they have on the carbon cycle. First, the class will define and discuss each of the earths four major spheres, the biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. Then, they will turn their attention to the carbon cycle as it is influenced by human choices and how human choice interacts within each of the four spheres. The instructional activity culminates as the class creates informational posters describing the cycle, ways humans negatively impact the carbon cycle, and ways they can improve it. 
Young scholars examine the carbon cycle and how carbon atoms travel through it.  In this energy cycles lesson students describe how human activities affect the carbon cycle. 
Middle school science stars examine fuels and energy with a variety of activities. They begin with a KWL chart, read an informative passage, and then complete a puzzle. The puzzle itself is included. Cleverly, each piece corresponds to a statement which learners must determine if it is true or false. They will only be able to complete the puzzle if they answer each correctly. This foundational topic is presented in a creative way. 
Anytime you make concepts clear with role playing or hands-on experience, it's a win for the whole class. Ping-Pong balls are used to represent carbon in a carbon cycle role-play activity. In small groups, children first discuss what carbon is and how it moves through each of Earth's spheres. They show how carbon moves by drawing a card and acting out the movement of the carbon as described on the card. This is a great visual way to represent the carbon cycle!
Does the carbon cycle play a role in climate change? Your class will investigate what fossil fuels are and how they release carbon into the atmosphere. They get an opportunity to understand the causes of green house gases and global warming through the chemical process. A role-play activity and allegorical story are used help children conceptualize the process, then a class mural is created to illustrate the carbon cycle from dead forest to mining, to the air. A writing prompt is used to assess student comprehension. Note: The lesson activities seem more appropriate for a younger audience.
Students study the carbon cycle and how the energy from the sun is used.  In this carbon instructional activity students draw a diagram of the carbon cycle. 
Learners outline the steps involved in the Carbon cycle. In this earth science lesson, students classify items according to whether they contain carbon or not. They write a short story about a given scenario on their journal.
Students explore the carbon cycle. In this carbon cycle lesson, students discuss the four main reservoirs where carbon is stored and then discover the process through which each reservoir absorbs and releases CO2. This lesson includes a hands on experiment, class discussion, an activity and extensions.
Students investigate the process of the carbon cycle. In this biology lesson, students take soil sample and calculate the amount of carbon found in the soil. They examine level of carbons in marine life and plants.
Fifth graders examine the carbon cycle, periodic table, and photosynthesis and respiration. They analyze the periodic table and how it is organized, then complete the "Elementary, Dear Watson" worksheet. Students then examine a carbon cycle sketch.
So how does the carbon cycle work? Kids participate in a hands-on activity that allows them to understand the chemistry behind climate change and global warming. They act out the process of photosynthesis by labeling themselves as chemicals moving in and out of a plant. They form chemical bonds by linking arms to create different molecules that change from carbon dioxide to oxygen. To evaluate understanding, they respond to several prompts in writing. The concrete manner in which the topic is conveyed is great for both younger and older students.
Students construct their own diagrams outlining the pathway of carbon and oxygen in our atmosphere. They listen to a lecture on the carbon cycle while drawing an example of the carbon cycle on the board. Students comprehend that CO2 is the main source of carbon, which is used for photosynthesis, and that CO2 is a byproduct of photosynthesis.
Students play a game. In this carbon cycle lesson plan, students read The Carbon Cycle, list places where carbon is found on Earth, brainstorm why carbon is important and play an online interactive game.
Students recognize that carbon cycles naturally through living and non-living parts of the Earth system in a complex and non-linear way. They study the carbon cycle through an online game.
Learners examine the carbon cycle while identifying its sources, sinks, and release agents. Using magazines and newspapers, groups of students design collages illustrating the carbon cycle. Finally, they write responses to several discussion questions.
Pupils study the carbon cycle and how it cycles through our environment.  In this carbon cycle instructional activity students play a game that allows them to discover that carbon can take many forms and that there is not a set path.
Hear how carbon functions on our earth and the purpose it serves. The carbon cycle is illustrated with narration for your junior high or high school biologists. Global temperature increase is also included, though the clip cuts off before solutions are offered. Brainstorm possible solutions with your class.
Students create a collage of the carbon cycle. In this earth science lesson, students explore the history and significance of permafrost. They analyze a graph of climate trends and explain how climate change and permafrost thaw are connected.
Students learn about the biological carbon cycle. In this carbon cycle lesson, students access the web site and mouse over the diagrams to follow the carbon cycle. They read about what happens to humans and plants during this cycle.