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Carbon dice activity

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The carbon dice activity is a fun way to learn how carbon moves between the different carbon stores on the planet, Each player has a carbon counter, and rolls a dice to see whether they stay where they are or move to another store following the different processes involved in the carbon cycle. It can be played individually or in small groups of up to four.

Ages 11+

20 mins

This activity is a fun way to review the processes involved in the global carbon cycle. It can be used as part of a lesson on the carbon cycle or as a standalone activity, with subject knowledge revision of each of the processes included under the Find out more tab.

Set up

There are two different set up options. The individual version is suited for individual use, with a single sheet for the board, and record sheet showing ten moves. The group version has cut-out cards for the different carbon stores and smaller record sheets for ten moves.

Download the appropriate board, record sheet, and instructions depending on how you would like to play. Each group will also need a dice and counters.

As a reference for the processes, students can view the Carbon cycle interactive (intermediate).

Activity steps
  1. Each player should choose a starting carbon store for their counter.
  2. Take it in turns to roll the dice and locate the instructions for that carbon store. Move the counter as appropriate.
  3. Record the movement and the relevant process on the record sheet.
  4. Keep on playing until each player has completed their record sheet.

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