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Green Ninja


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Games
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


Carbon Runner

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  • This online game is a fun way to test students' knowledge on various climate causes and solutions.
  • As students are asked to fight climate change and save the world in this fast-paced game, they will also be asked questions and given facts about ways to offset carbon and transition to clean energy.
Teaching Tips


  • This game is interactive and engaging, providing a fun way for students to learn more about climate solutions.
  • This game asks students to answer questions to earn "carbon bucks" and it provides new facts, making it an effective learning tool.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some of the images may be difficult to see. It is recommended that labels be turned on in the "Options" section before starting the game.
  • Students should be familiar with terms like ozone, emissions, various greenhouse gases, and basic climate solutions and causes.


  • Demonstrate how to play the game on a screen for all students to see in order to ensure that students access all features, turn on correct options, and know how to make the most of the learning opportunities within the game. 
  • Before giving students the opportunity to play, give them a review of concepts from the game, such as fracking, nitrogen-based fertilizers, and offshore wind turbines.
  • Pair students up to play the game, asking them to discuss answers to bonus questions together, giving reasons and evidence to support their answers.
  • Ask students to take notes while playing the game and write down at least one climate question they have after playing.
  • After playing the game, ask students to further research one climate solution, possibly focusing on a new concept introduced in the game.
  • Consider ways to incorporate this game into a lesson on the carbon cycle or climate solutions in order to make this game experience more meaningful.
Scientist Notes
This game enables students to explore ways to offset carbon and engage their curiosity in finding appropriate measures to divest coal and transition to clean energy. It also contains bonus questions to sharpen their understanding of the current average carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
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