Fossil Fuels and the Carbon Cycle

Humans are quickly depleting Earth's fossil fuels and locating them is becoming increasingly difficult! Layered muffins are used for models as young geologists take core samples in order to determine the presence of oil. Consider first teaching about the carbon cycle and fossil fuels to give youngsters the background knowledge that will make this activity more meaningful. Be aware that significant preparation time is required as the teacher must bake the special muffins for the activity, but it will be well worth the time!

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Pros

  • Observation worksheets are provided in both English and Spanish
  • Activity clearly demonstrates scientific processes used by geologists to study the earth
  • Includes a detailed diagram depicting the carbon cycle
  • Fabulous reading and math worksheets also included
Cons

  • A considerable amount of preparation time is required to bake layered muffins