Question Sheet: Getting the dirt on carbon


Before reading:

  1. What do you think carbon is?
  2. Where could you find a lot of it?
  3. Is it a good thing?
  4. If it got into us, would that be good or bad?

During reading:

  1. What’s the “building block” of all life on Earth?
  2. What happens to the carbon in leaves when they fall off of trees and begin

    breaking down?

  3. What’s the source of Earth’s carbon?
  4. Can you get too much carbon in the environment? (Hint: What do climate

    scientists worry about?)

  5. Why are trees sometimes called carbon “sinks...

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