on one (11x17") page, students can include all the information that they need to know about the Carbon/Oxygen Cycle, the Nitrogen Cycle, the Phosphorus Cycle and the Sulfur Cycle! The chart requires them to find information about the cycles as well as the human influences on each cycle.
I have used this chart in a number of ways
- I have taken students to the library and made them look up the information in their textbooks and any other print resources.
- I have had students use laptops to find and fill in the form on their own.
- I have had students work in groups to put together presentations (see my other biogeochemical cycles post) about the cycles which the audience can then use the chart to take notes from. (It makes the presenters have the required information in their presentations)
- I have used it as a review tool the day before the unit / final exam
Regardless of how I use it, the students end up having a very concise, easy-to-study-from tool with a ton of information in it.