Student name: _________________ Laptop number: _______!!!!
Carbon’s Magnificent Journey
Ecology, Chemistry, and Body systems
Create a children’s story book that shows the incredible journey of carbon through several
body systems and the ecosystem.
The Book will be digitally created in iphoto to increase technology skills.
Put this guide in a secure place! This project will take 3 trips to the computer lab to complete!
To accomplish the project objective the student will: Point Value
Use all Key terms in bold for full credit!
Page: clear vague Present
1. Make the story’s main character “the carbon atom”
Explain how carbon bonds with the 6 chemicals of life
The story begins with carbon in the atmosphere: student will 10 5 0
explain how it arrived there through cell respiration or
combustion (burning fossil fuels).
Std 1.1 / 6.4
2. Demonstrate how carbon becomes a carbohydrate in a producer. 10 5 0
Student will describe photosynthesis and it’s role in the carbon cycle.
3. Continues the story by describing the important function of carbon
as a carbohydrate monomer then bonding to a polymer using the key 10 5 0
4. Continues the story with a consumer eating the carbohydrate:
showing how the polysacharrides decomposes with the help of a 10 5 0
specific enzyme into monomers in the correct organ of the
digestive system Std 1.3
5. Continues the journey of carbohydrate monomer from the
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digestive system to the circulatory system: student will describe
the process of absorption in the small intestine.
6. Continues the journey of the monomer in the correct sequence of
the circulatory system to a cell in a muscle: Student will include
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the following key terms: heart, vein, artery, red and white blood
7. Shows how the vessels get small enough at the capillary level in
order for the monomer to go into a muscle cells mitochondria to be 10 5 0
burned for energy.
8. Describes how the carbohydrate monomer is broken down in a
process called cell respiration in order to make cell sized energy
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called ATP. Explains how some of the carbon is now Carbon
dioxide in the waste product of cell respiration.
9. Continues the story with the carbon dioxide waste leaving the
body in the correct order of the respiratory system: student will use
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the following key terms: capillary, vein, lungs, alveoli, pharynx,
larynx, trachea, nose
10. Shows how some of the carbon stays in the muscle for repair and
growth: recycled and synthesized or built into new polymers of 10 5 0
protein, lipids, or nucleic acids and their functions in the cell.
11. Shows that some of the carbon never left the digestive system and
exits the body in the correct order as waste: Student will use the
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following terms small intestine, large intestine, rectum and
12. The Story ends with the solid waste (feces) becoming broken 10 5 0
down in the nitrogen cycle and entering producers again this time
as a protein:
Students will use the following key terms soil bacteria, nitrogen
TOTAL PROJECT VALUE
Student Name: ____________
Grade ______/120= _____%