The Carbon Cycle and its Role in Climate Change

In this activity, students use a physical model to learn the basics of photosynthesis and respiration within the carbon cycle.

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United States Global Research Program

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Instructors may want to expand the final discussion to include other aspects of the carbon cycle.

Prepare students ahead of time for the simulation by assigning roles and discussing rules.

To teach the entire carbon cycle, associated activities 2 and 3 at [link] would be very beneficial.

A good assessment for this assignment might be to have students watch a video of this and summarize what is happening in the process.