Carbon Cycle Learning Activities


Introduction to Systems Thinking

  • Paperclip Simulation

Activity Guide and Student Pages (pdf)

Paperclip Simulation Data Table (spreadsheet)

Computer Model of the Paperclip Simulation (iSeeSystems NetSim hosted by Forio)

Computer Model of the Paperclip Simulation (zip file; requires iSee Player; available at www.iseesystems.com)


Introductory Activities

  • Carbon Cycle Adventure Story

Activity Guide and Student Pages (pdf)

Adventure Story booklet (pdf)

Carbon Travels Game (pdf)
 

  • Getting to Know the Global Carbon Cycle

Activity Guide and Student Pages (pdf)

Global Carbon Cycle Diagram (jpg)

Turnover Rate and Residence Time (pdf)

How Big is a Petagram of Carbon? (spreadsheet)

Human Carbon Pool (spreadsheet)

 

Plant-a-Plant Classroom Experiments (coming soon)


Models and Modeling

  • Plant-a-Plant Models

Activity Guide and Student Pages (pdf)

Computer models of photosynthesis interactions (zip file; requires iSee Player; available at www.iseesystems.com)

  • Biomass Accumulation Model

Activity Guide and Student Pages (pdf)

Biomass Accumulation Model (zip file; requires iSee Player; available at www.iseesystems.com)

Biomass Accumulation Model (iSeeSystems NetSim hosted by Forio)

Finding Latitude and Longitude (Forest Mapper – mouse over the location of interest; Latitude and Longitude can also be found using Google Maps and Google Earth)

Finding biome and annual climate data (enter Latitude and Longitude and click on "Submit Query"; once run, click on "Table of 30 Year Averages")

Video of the science behind the Biomass Accumulation Model (coming soon)

Video screencast tutorial of the basics of using the Biomass Accumulation Model (quicktime)

Biomass Accumulation Model Data Table (Spreadsheet)

Earth Exploration Toolbook: Biomass Model "Understanding Carbon Storage in Forests"

  • Simple Global Carbon Cycle Model

Activity Guide and Student Pages (pdf)

Computer Model of the Global Carbon Cycle Model – simple (iSeeSystems NetSim hosted by Forio)

Computer Model of the Global Carbon Cycle Model – simple (zip file; requires iSee Player; available at www.iseesystems.com)

  • Global Carbon Cycle Model with Feedbacks

Activity Guide and Student Pages (pdf)

Computer Model of the Global Carbon Cycle Model – with Feedbacks (iSeeSystems NetSim hosted by Forio)

Computer Model of the Global Carbon Cycle Model – with Feedbacks (zip file; requires iSee Player; available at www.iseesystems.com)