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Teaching Resource: THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLE OF CARBON Carbon cycle

Subject taught
- Biology
- Chemistry


Type of Product
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Reading

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
• To observe, analyze and describe phenomena belonging to natural reality and to the aspects of daily life • To formulate hypothesis and verify them • To use simple schematizations and modelling • To acquire and understand information and know how to connect it • To face problematic situations.

General aims This resource aims to highlight the basic role of carbon for living matter. Life is based on it and all organisms are dependent on it. It is present on our planet in thousands of billions of tons and the set of processes describing how this large amount of matter passes through the entire ecosystem in a continuous cycle is called the carbon cycle. Students must become aware that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is the result of a very delicate balance between the gains and losses that occur in the transfer of C between the various terrestrial spheres, that human activities also influence this balance and that its rupture could have devastating consequences for the life of the entire planet. Linguistic aims • To improve language skills in L2 • To enrich scientific vocabulary • To know how to move from one linguistic register to another • To produce clear and coherent texts in L2 • To summarize written texts Subject specific aims • To know the various types of interactions between organisms with particular reference to food chains and networks. • To know that in ecosystems matter is recycled and energy flows. • To identify in human activities a danger for ecological balance. • To understand that the biosphere is a global system made up of all the ecosystems on Earth. Target group age 14-15 age Level of competence in English (CEFR) B1 Time required to use the resource with the students 3 h : 1h presentation and analysis of the 1st activity 1h presentation and analysis of the 2nd activity 1h comparison and discussion How to use it After presenting the resource, the teacher divides the class into small groups, each of which must analyze, study it independently and integrate it with personal research. They must work mainly on schemes and carry out both activities present in the resource At the end, each group must build its own work concerning what has been studied and learned. All the work will then be included in the final one which will cover the entire learning unit. The work can be produced in Power Point, through videos, audio interviews, animations. This further enhances digital skills. The work will be presented to different classes Possible difficulties for the students The resource does not present particular issues for students

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