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?

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Learning objectives

This resource assesses a learner’s understanding of the following learning objectives:

  1. Identify key processes in the carbon cycle.
  2. 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.

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