Carbon Journey Game

This hands-on activity is a kinesthetic game illustrating the dynamics of the carbon cycle. Acting as carbon atoms, students travel from one carbon reservoir to another; at each reservoir they determine, by rolling dice, how long they stay in the reservoir or how likely it is that they will move to another carbon reservoir.

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Environmental Literacy Framework
The activity takes two class periods but can easily be extended if the content is discussed in detail and explored further. Activity requires beads and zip tie or string.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Teachers are encouraged to have carbon journey activity stations ready in advance.

PowerPoint should be shown both at the beginning to introduce the concepts and then perhaps again at the end to reinforce the concepts.

Additional websites like [link http://www.education.noaa.gov/Climate/Carbon_Cycle.html] might provide ample additional background for teacher and students to clarify misconceptions and take discussion to another level.

Carbon journey activity could be completed in pairs to foster discussion and reduce the material costs.

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