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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 and Engineering
    • 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.6-8.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
      • R.9-12.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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