Practical activity: Measuring carbon in trees

In this activity, students measure the circumference and height of trees near their school. They then use the data to calculate the amount of carbon in each tree.

  • Key Stage: KS3
  • Time required: One hour

About this resource

  • Resource type: outdoor practical activity
  • Theme: Climate change and biodiversity

Learning outcomes

  • appreciate that trees help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change
  • apply fieldwork techniques to measure trees
  • use simple equations and carry out calculations to measure carbon in trees
  • Curriculum links

Materials required

  • outdoor space with trees
  • measuring tape
  • calculator

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