The Carbon Cycle

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Our The Carbon Cycle lesson plan teaches students about the carbon cycle, including what it is, why it’s important to life, and what the steps of the carbon cycle are. Students also learn about the nitrogen cycle and about carbon sources, sinks, and reservoirs.

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Our The Carbon Cycle lesson plan introduces students to one of the Earth’s cycles necessary for animal and plant survival, the carbon cycle. Many students may not understand carbon and its value, so background information about carbon is also included. During this lesson, students are asked to draw a picture, or use images from resources, to show each step of the Carbon Cycle and then present it either to another student or the whole class, strengthening their public speaking and presentation skills. Students are also asked to tell whether each given item is a Carbon Source, Sink or Reservoir in order to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson material.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define the carbon cycle and identify and list the steps of the nitrogen cycle, as well as describe the human impact on the carbon cycle.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.4

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