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Activity Overview


When learning about the processes in the carbon cycle, it can be extremely helpful for students to create a diagram! In this activity, students will create a carbon cycle diagram and show the movement of carbon through the cycle. Students should also explain each process in their diagram. The finished posters can be printed out or used as a presentation!

You can modify this activity by giving students a list of processes to include in the their diagrams or provide them with a scene already in place and have them fill in the labels. Extend this activity by having students examine what happens when the organic remains don’t decompose and fossil fuels are made.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-HS-LS2-5] Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

You are going to use your knowledge of the Carbon Cycle to create your own model on Storyboard That.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Find an appropriate scene to show the carbon cycle. Add characters and items as necessary.
  3. Use arrows to show the movement of carbon in the carbon cycle among the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere.
  4. Label the main parts of the carbon cycle with Textables and arrows.
  5. Add extra information about the carbon cycle with text boxes. You should describe what is happening at each stage.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Carbon Cycle
Recreate a model of the carbon cycle. Use arrows to show the movement of carbon in the cycle among the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere. Use Textables to then label and write descriptions of each of the processes.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Arrows
All the arrows are correctly showing how carbon moves among the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere.
Most of the arrows are correctly showing how carbon moves among the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere.
Some of the arrows are correctly showing how carbon moves among the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere
Processes
All the process descriptions are correct with no grammar or spelling mistakes and they include good scientific vocabulary.
Most of the process descriptions are correct with some grammar and spelling mistakes.
Some of the process descriptions are correct with many grammar and spelling mistakes.
Model
The model clearly represents the carbon cycle.
The model represents the cycle but some parts are difficult to understand.
The model does not represent the carbon cycle.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.




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