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In this activity, students read about the carbon cycle using a three-level reading guide.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • locate information in the text
  • interpret what the author means
  • apply the information.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student handout.

Nature of science

Identifying the science ideas embedded in visual representations used to model the carbon cycle develops student capability Communicating in Science as well as to model processes as part of an approach used to investigate in science. The use of the three-level reading guide can support students to identify the purpose of texts used in science as part of building capability in Communicating in Science.

Useful links

Consider using the science capabilities questions to build students’ understanding of the carbon cycle, particularly those in the capabilities ‘Interpret representations’ and ‘Use evidence
http://scienceonline.tki.org.nz/Introducing-five-science-capabilities

    Published 1 May 2015 Referencing Hub articles