** This page is for the hard copy version of the Matter Cycle Game **
This colorful, creative, and engaging board game is a great way to introduce or review the carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles with your students. The goal of the game is for the player to travel across the board collecting cycle cards, which outline the basic processes of the carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles (respiration, nitrogen fixation, evaporation, etc.), and to then play them in the appropriate reservoir on the board (oceans, animals, soil, lakes, etc.). Players can also pick up action cards which can help them to get ahead or to slow down their opponents. Sure, this game might not make the list of what your students will be doing with their Friday nights (or maybe it will for those with a particular fondness for science), but it’s a fun way to introduce or reinforce the concepts that you have been teaching in class in a clever and creative way. The following items are included in your purchase and will be mailed to you:
1. The Matter Cycles Game Board – This skillfully drawn board features original artwork by Josh Bostwick, a talented local artist and friend. This is the board that the game is played on.
2. A set of 48 Cycles Cards – these illustrated cycle cards are picked up any time a player lands on one of the cycle symbols. Each card highlights a specific process from the carbon, nitrogen, or water cycles. These cards are then played in the appropriate reservoir elsewhere on the board for points. The list of cycle cards are as follows:
a.16 cards detailing some of the processes in the carbon cycle,
2 of each of the following: (1) Photosynthesis (2) Respiration (3)
Consumption (4) Death (5) Fossil Fuel Formation (6)
Combustion (7) Eruptions / Outgassing (8) Diffusion
b.16 cards detailing some of the processes in the nitrogen
cycle, 2 each of the following: (1) Nitrogen Fixation (2) Root
Absorption (3) Consumption (4) Death (5) Decomposition
(6) Denitrification (7) Fertilizer Creation (8) Diffusion
c.16 cards detailing some of the processes in the water cycle,
2 each of the following: (1) Evaporation (2) Surface Runoff
(3) Transpiration (4) Precipitation (5) Condensation (6) Infiltration
(7) Subsurface Flow (8) Freezing
3. A set of 60 Action Cards (20 related to carbon, 20 related to nitrogen, 20 related to water) – when a player lands on one of the symbols for carbon (coal), nitrogen (waste), or water (water drop) on the board then they get to pick up an action card with that matching symbol. Players who pick up an action card will usually receive bonuses or extra points, but may occasionally be the victim of bad luck from lost turns, lost cards, etc. Each action card has a factoid about one of the matter cycles interwoven into the details of the card’s bonus or penalty.
4. The Matter Cycle Game Rule Sheet – These are the rules used to play the matter cycle game. The rules are fairly straightforward and cover everything that a student will need to know in order to play the game successfully.
5. The Matter Cycles Game Lesson Plan and Teacher Guide – this is a simple document outlining how I personally use these materials in my classroom.
6. 1 standard playing die and 4 generic game pieces
7. A CD containing a digital version of all of the cards, the game board, the rule sheet, and the teacher guide.
The board game typically takes about 20-40 minutes to play depending on the number of players and their familiarity with the game, but the rules and requirements could easily be adapted to make the game go longer or shorter. My students really enjoy playing the matter cycle game, and so will yours. Feel free to download the free preview for a better idea of what to expect.
Please note, there is also a digital version of this game, but those who download the digital version will be responsible for printing out, cutting out and preparing the contents for themselves. If you do not have access to a color printer that can handle printing on 11 x 17 paper then I would suggest purchasing the hard copy, ready-to-play version of the game which will be mailed to you already printed out and ready to go. That being said, those interested in ordering a digital copy of the game which you will print out and set up for yourself, please follow the link below:
Those interested in ordering a CLASSROOM SET of 12 ready-to-play board games, follow the link below:
I hope that both you and your students enjoy your purchase. I am positive that it will be helpful in your classroom. Please be sure to leave feedback so that others can know what a great product this is, and be sure to become a fan and follow me so that you can get information on future releases.
Note – Anyone who downloads this board game is more than welcome to reuse or adapt any of the graphics, illustrations, and concepts for their own personal projects so long as these projects are not sold for profit or distributed outside of the classroom. Feel free to contact me with any questions or for any special permission. I’m a pretty accommodating person and the answer will probably be “yes”.
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Fossil Fuel Formation
Author: Lucas Talley (Mr. Talley)