In this activity, students learn how carbon cycles through the Earth system by playing an online game.
The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Follow use of the interactive with a more scientific explanation of processes working in each of the reservoirs.
Very simplified description of the carbon cycle, with concepts possibly being oversimplified. Numbers listed in the interactive should be checked by an expert, especially as the increase of CO2 is likely higher now.
Comment from expert scientist: The game provides a very nice and fun approach to understand all compartments of Earth where carbon is stored and cycled and how these parts interact with each other. The provided links give age-appropriate information to understand additional concepts.
Students answer a series of true-false and multiple-choice questions while they play the carbon cycle game.
The game has no ending - player keeps playing and choosing different pathways - models what a "cycle" really is.
Extensive background materials for teachers.