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In this activity students ‘play out’ the carbon cycle to understand how it has been affected by our use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution, and how this underlies current worries about climate change.

Watch this video for an overview of the activity in action:

The documents below explain how to run the activity and provide all the templates and materials you’ll need.

Additional guidance

Curriculum links

Downloadable resources

Carbon Cycle Caper: teachers’ notes (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: crib sheet (PDF Document)

Carbon station signs (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: game 1 (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: game 2 (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: game 2 processes (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: game 3 stickers (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: game 3 processes (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: game 4 (PDF Document)

Carbon cycle caper diagram (PDF Document)

Carbon Cycle Caper: where is carbon? (PDF Document)