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Field Day Learning Games

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Game

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Global

Carbon Cycle Game

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Synopsis
  • This digital activity styled like a board game helps students visualize the carbon cycle while also adding in a bit of competition. 
  • Students can choose to play against other students or against the computer. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This game is an exciting way for students to synthesize their learning about the carbon cycle.
  • The game assists students in identifying the ways in which carbon moves between different reservoirs.
  • The option for students to play against each other can increase engagement.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Although the game briefly describes the carbon cycle, it is recommended that students are familiarized with the carbon cycle before playing the game.
  • If you plan on using multiplayer, consider testing out this feature by creating a room before using it with students.

Differentiation

  • Have students go through the tutorial before playing the game.
  • Consider facilitating a discussion after playing the game and asking students, "What aspects of the game, if any, helped you understand the carbon cycle? If you won, which strategies were most successful?"
  • You can pair this game with a lesson on the carbon cycle or have your students explore this interactive diagram.


Scientist Notes
The game is interactive. It provides a seamless learning experience for students to gain deep understanding on the interactions within the biogeochemical cycle. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-5 Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
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