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Coloring Page: The Carbon Dioxide Cycle

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  • In this NASA coloring activity, students will color a page that represents the carbon dioxide cycle: the movement of carbon dioxide (CO2) between the land, the atmosphere, and the ocean. 
Teaching Tips


  • The downloadable PDF file includes a second page with definitions for each labeled term.
  • The activity visualizes the important aspects of the carbon cycle and it is also available in Spanish.
  • Students will learn about the carbon cycle in a fun coloring activity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the carbon cycle.
  • The teacher must download and print the PDF document with the coloring task and prepare the coloring utensils for the students.


  • This activity could be used as a hook for a lesson about the carbon cycle.
  • The teacher could divide students into groups based on the image and use an object that can be passed around to demonstrate the movement of carbon dioxide from one group to another for various activities.
  • Students could add in additional activities that contribute to the carbon dioxide cycle.
  • Another recommended resource is Following the Carbon Cycle.
Scientist Notes
This resource visualizes some of the important aspects of the carbon dioxide cycle, from the burning of fossil fuels to deforestation to photosynthesis. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • 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.
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
  • World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (ACTFL)
    • Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
      • 3.1 Making Connections: Learners build, reinforce, and expand their knowledge of other disciplines while using the language to develop critical thinking and to solve problems creatively.
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