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Carbon Cycle Caper




Carbon Cycle Caper is a series of four games depicting the carbon cycle.

It is intended to take place in a school hall with up to 60 students and at least two adults.

It lasts about 70 minutes as follows:

  • Introduction (approx. 5 minutes)
  • Game 1: Where’s carbon? (approx. 10 minutes)
  • Game 2: Move that carbon! (approx. 20 minutes)
  • Game 3: Carbon cycle shuffle (approx. 20 minutes):Before Industrial Revolution (carbon in balance)
  • Game 4: Carbon cycle shuffle (approx. 10 minutes) After Industrial Revolution (carbon is out of balance)
  • Wrap up (approx. 5 minutes)

Full instructions for preparing and running this activity are given in the Carbon Cycle Caper Teachers' Notes downloadable from the Overview tab above. There's also a Crib Sheet for you to use as a ready reference on the day.

Background science

Use the following documents to find out about the latest climate science research to support your own knowledge and to give you the background information you may need when running this activity:

Climate Science Background Briefing (pdf): key terminology, stats, bachground science, discussion ideas and links for further information.

Impacts of Climate Change (pdf): a summary of how higher temperatures can lead to different sorts of climatic changes, and the impacts of these changes.