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Investigating the Carbon Cycle

Subject taught
- Biology
- Chemistry


Type of Product
- e-book

Language Skills Developed
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Student will develop key competences, such as problem-solving, data analysis, written and verbal communication.

General aims:
- to get to know the properties of carbon
- to learn about the importance of the carbon cycle
- to know the language and patterns associated with carbon and carbon cycle
- to develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills

Linguistic aims:
- to read English with ease
- to understanding content
- to learn from written texts
- to master tools for gathering information
- to express opinion
- to enable students to understand topic correctly
- to develop academic language
- to translate words connected with probability in English into the mother tongue using their own words.

Subject specific aims:
- to familiarise students with the importance of the carbon cycle
- to engage students in activities which will give them understanding of the importance of carbon in our lives
- to enable students to see both positive and negative effects of the carbon cycle
- to enable students to understand real-life processes

Target group age:
The e-book is aimed at 7-10-year-old native speakers of English. Therefore, it can be suitable for non-native students of 13-14. What is more, this e-book can be used by anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge of carbon and carbon cycle. Also, the resource is recommended to teachers who want to teach it using English.

Level of competence in English (CEFR)

Time required to use the resource with the students:
The e-book contains 4 chapters so it is recommended to use the resource during 2 lessons.

How to use it
Before using the e-book during classes, the students should have basic knowledge on carbon and its use. The teacher should ask the students to read the resource at home before the lesson and then discuss what they have read in class so that they can draw conclusions and practice expressing their opinion. The students might get the answers and feedback at the end of the book.

Possible difficulties for the students
Students whose level of English is poor might have problems with understanding the content.

“Investigating the Carbon Cycle“ e-book by Mary Lindeen is an interesting self-directed learning resource. It is available on website for free; it just requires registering. The resource can be used by teachers as an introduction to the topic of the carbon cycle or it might be assigned to students as a self-studying resource. The main strength of the e-book is clear explanations, lots of visuals and real-life examples. The resource contains a glossary with the most important vocabulary, which will allow students to practice the new terms. In my opinion, this e-book is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students and teachers as it is a very useful resource. It’s another advantage is the possibility to get the definition of each word, just by clicking on it. The resource also contains a list of selected bibliography and useful websites that can be used in and after class.