Instructional Video

Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles

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As the world turns ... so do the carbon and nitrogen cycles! Introduce them both to eager young biologists through an animated video, part of an extensive biology playlist. The narrator explains how each element moves through its respective cycle, as well as the dangers that arise from too much carbon or nitrogen.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils compare and contrast the cycles as they watch the video
  • Add some interactive cycles to the lesson 
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider adding a handout for students to follow as they watch
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • The video does a great job of illustrating the main components of each cycle
  • Clear language makes the video a good choice for learners with less experience with chemical processes
  • None
Common Core