Takilma, OR
By Daniel Dalegowski

This is an ongoing activity that different groups of students are participating in each Wednesday. This page will be updated with future information about this activity instead of creating a new page for future sessions.



April 14


On April 14 Lori and Heather reviewed the carbon cycle with the students and helped them create their own stories that follow the general plot of the carbon cycle. For instance, they helped one student write a story about the carbon stored in a prehistoric leaf. The leaf was then eaten by a dinosaur, which in turn digested, releasing some carbon into the atmosphere, and finally pooped out, to be decomposed by bacteria, moving more carbon into the atmosphere and causing some to remain in the soil. The carbon left in the soil may become more plant life; the carbon in the atmosphere may rain down, dissolve lime-stone, create caves for cave-men, and so on. In another scenario, the student in question supposed that a whale had died on the beach and it's decomposing body released carbon into the atmosphere, which then proceeded through the rest of the cycle in whatever creative way the student imagines.

The stories constructed with Lori and Heather supplement the collage that the students created earlier. While beautiful, the collage doesn't have a descriptive quality. The students will type up the stories and combine them with molecule cutouts to create a multimedia, multi-field, literary-artistic-chemical description of the carbon cycle.

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Lori and Heather helping students to write carbon cycle stories.

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Heather with students.

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Student cutting out molecule diagram.

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Carbon cycle collage with some additional material.

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Student typing up carbon cycle story.



April 21


This session with another set of students was similar to the last session with Lori and Heather, who continued to elaborate on the carbon cycle collage with the students. They created paper representations of carbon and other molecules which were places in the appropriate locations in the collage. Students wrote descriptions of the various stages of the cycle represented in the collage. Lori and Heather typed up these descriptions and helped the students display them on the collage.

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Heather helps a student place parts of the story in the appropriate places.



April 28


Lori and Heather helped students present carbon cycle stories which they wrote, typed, and diagrammed in earlier sessions. The presentations show the path of carbon through a hypothetical situation imagined by the students. Chemistry symbols track each story's progress on the carbon cycle collage.

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Videos of the students carbon cycle stories.