MYP 10

Unit 10.5.1: Fossil fuels and the carbon cycle


  • To understand the cyclic balance of carbon in the environment
  • To know that coal, oil and natural gas (hydrocarbon deposits) are fossil fuels
  • To understand the process of biogenesis of fossil fuels

Class activity

Fossil fuels video and discussion to include:

  • Man's influence on the carbon cycle.
  • Industry
  • Transport
  • Global warming (the oceans as a carbon dioxide sink)
  • Hydrocarbon deposit stocks

Student follow up

Diagram of the carbon cycle in exercise books.

Explanation of human factors that influence the carbon cycle balance.



Teaching notes



Powerpoint - Fossil fuels

Fossil fuels

A future without oil?

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