How well do your learners understand the processes involved in the carbon cycle? Find out with this prior knowledge and follow-up worksheet for 11–14 year olds
This resource accompanies the Education in Chemistry feature article Where has all the CO2 gone?
This resource assesses a learner’s understanding of the following learning objectives:
- Identify key processes in the carbon cycle.
- Describe the carbon cycle.
Teaching the carbon cycle
Use this resource as a follow-up exercise after teaching the Carbon cycle lesson plan. The worksheet complements the lesson and could be used as a challenge, extension or homework task.
Students successfully completing the questions on the worksheet will show understanding of the learning objectives.
‘Identifying key processes’ is assessed using questions 2 and 3 of the prior knowledge section and 1(c) of the carbon cycle section.
‘Describe the carbon cycle’ is assessed using questions 2 and 3 of the carbon cycle section. The other questions are useful to check for misconceptions, allow pupils to apply their knowledge and interpret data from a table.
Get more resources
- Draw a flow chart live with your learners to help them fit their understanding of the carbon cycle together.
- How to teach the carbon cycle at 11–14 offers more support to help ensure your learners have a firm understanding of the chemistry behind climate change.
- Carbon dioxide gets stoned offers context and includes classroom activities and a DART (Directed Activity Related to Text) task.
- Link to careers with this job profile of an atmospheric chemist studying pollutants; find more inspiration with our Fixing the future video.