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Carbon Cycle

09 Aug 2012

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What is the carbon cycle?

Level: Primary/Intermediate

HOT TIP: All of these websites can also be used to find information on other cycles of the earth, like the water cycle, rock cycle and nitrogen cycle.

First we started by searching a couple of our favourite science websites. ScienceLearning explores a lot of different aspects (or 'Contexts' as the site calls them) of science so we thought there would definitely be something on the carbon cycle. Use the search box to find articles, images and activities related to this topic.

HOT TIP: We like this site because it's from a reputable organisation. You can tell this by their web address – they have .org in their URL. This is also a New Zealand site, so relevant for us.

Another site we use all the time is How Stuff Works. We like this one because all the information is written by experts. When we searched "Carbon cycle" we found a good definition of what the carbon cycle is.

Next we went to Google to try and find more information. It can be really handy having a diagram of the carbon cycle to help you understand what it is all about, so we added the word 'diagram' into our search. If the results are too complicated you can then add "for kids" onto your search so you might end up typing "carbon cycle diagram for kids" into Google.

We found a diagram on ScienceKids, which also has a link to a page of interesting facts about carbon.

This page from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an easy to understand explanation of the carbon cycle including a diagram.

HOT TIP: A website’s address (URL) can give you a hint about how reliable it is. Look for addresses in the results that have .edu in the URL or .ac (for educational sites from New Zealand). These are quality sites from educational institutions such as universities.

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