Activity: Carbon cycle passport

In this activity, students simulate a molecule of carbon’s movement through various locations in the carbon cycle, before acting out different human impact scenarios.

  • Key Stage: KS3
  • Time required: One lesson

About this resource

  • Resource type: classroom activity
  • Theme: Climate change and biodiversity

Learning outcomes

  • describe the movement of carbon within the carbon cycle
  • classify elements of the carbon cycle as sinks or sources
  • evaluate how human activities impact the carbon cycle
  • understand that changes in Earth’s atmospheric composition impact climate and life on Earth
  • Curriculum links

Materials required

  • seven dice
  • seven Station signs
  • seven Station movement cards
  • seven After human interference cards
  • carbon passports for each student
  • stamps or stickers for each station

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