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  • Articles and Websites

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What Is the Carbon Cycle?

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


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-10.2 Objectively and accurately summarize texts, from a variety of genres, to determine one or more themes or central ideas and analyze its development, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. (RI&RL)
      • R.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood, including words with multiple meanings. Analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of technical or key term(s) over the course of a text. (RI&RL)
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