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Author

NOAA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Video, 1 minute, 16 seconds, CC
  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

What Is the Carbon Cycle?

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Synopsis
  • This short NOAA video and article explains the carbon cycle and the importance of carbon to life on earth.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a great video and article with clear definitions.
  • It is a good resource to introduce students to the carbon cycle.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms atoms, molecules, and DNA.

Differentiation

  • This could be integrated into a physics class when talking about the law of conservation. 
  • Chemistry classes could also use this as an example of a combustion reaction.
  • There is a link that takes you to an article on the same site, which goes into more depth and gives a short education connection at the end. 
Scientist Notes
The resource provides a clear explanation on the carbon cycle and the processes and interactions within the earth-atmosphere-ocean system. There is no contradiction and thus, it is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 6-8.RST.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • 9-10.RST.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS.ESS2.6 Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
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