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Listen to a catchy tune that lays out the Carbon Cycle! It will get stuck in your head.

The carbon dioxide molecule, or the tiniest piece of the material, is made of carbon and oxygen. Every molecule of COhas one carbon and two oxygen atoms. An atom is the smallest bit of matter that can exist on its own. In CO2, each oxygen atom is connected to the carbon atom. Humans need oxygen to live, but they can’t breathe CO2!

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Making Connections


Did you know anything about the carbon cycle before reading this book? What did you learn that was new?


Have you read other books about Earth cycles? How are those cycles similar to and different from the carbon cycle?


What parts of your daily routine use fossil fuels?

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