Clear, simple instructions lead to GREAT carbon cycle projects! Middle school students really shine with this one!
This assignment supports students' understanding of the cyclical nature of photosynthesis and respiration, and how carbon cycles through the living and non-living parts of an ecosystem. Students are assigned to either make a diorama or a hanging mobile to represent this cycle. Clear, student-friendly instructions are given, and an easy-to-follow rubric is included. At the end of the document there are a few pictures of prior projects for you to take a look at or show your students. Supports NGSS MS-LS1-6 and MS-LS2-3.
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