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Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Interactive Media
  • Videos, 1 minute, 7 seconds
  • Videos, 35 seconds
  • Videos, 22 seconds
  • Videos, 33 seconds

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Carbon Cycle

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  • In this interactive diagram of the carbon cycle, students can click on the carbon stores and processes to view photos, videos, and captions.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource would work well for virtual learning or in schools where students are one-to-one with devices.
  • This is a well-constructed interactive. By clicking on various parts of the cycle, the user can either view a short video about the topic or a static diagram with more information.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students can click the underlined words in the transcript to view the definition.
  • A transcript of the carbon cycle is located below the interactive diagram.


  • Before using this resource, students could make a list of all the components of the carbon cycle and label them as processes or carbon sinks. After using the interactive diagram, students could update their lists.
  • In small groups, students could identify which parts of the carbon cycle have been impacted by humans and how these impacts have damaged the cycle.
  • Other resources on this topic include this TED-Ed video on the carbon cycle, this carbon cycle game, and this video on how humans have disrupted the carbon cycle
Scientist Notes
This resource consists of an interactive web page that explores different aspects of the carbon cycle. Individual processes and components can be clicked on and either a short video (with transcript) or text is displayed which provides detail. The interface feels somewhat outdated, but the information presented is sound. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 7.ESS2.1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
      • 7.ESS2.2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
      • HS.ESS2.6 Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
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