The Carbon Cycle

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When it comes to the carbon cycle, the sky really is the limit. The lesson begins with observing a closed ecosystem in a bottle. Then, scholars discuss and answer questions on the carbon dioxide and oxygen cycles. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Create more than one bottle ecosystem and place them around the room
  • Have multiple sizes of containers to cover the candle and discuss how long it takes before the flame goes out and why the variation exists
Classroom Considerations
  • Plan ahead to make the ecosystems or to have the supplies ready for the class to make them since they include live plants and animals
  • Includes deeper analysis through thought experiments
  • Offers ideas for shortening the lesson if time is an issue
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