Global Cycles of Energy and Matter Playlist

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School


This activity is a Google Slides playlist that will provide a way for students to learn about which elements are especially significant to the cycling of matter and energy. Includes the energy cycle, water cycle, carbon cycle, and metal cycle. This playlist is suitable for use in remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction and can easily be added to a Learning Management System.

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Suitable for middle grades science or high school earth science courses while studying cycles of matter.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should be familiar with using Google Slides. No prior content knowledge is necessary.

How the activity is situated in the course

This playlist can be used as an introduction to cycles of matter or as a review activity. It could also be used as an extension activity to introduce scientific ocean drilling and its connection to the cycles of matter.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will read passages, analyze diagrams, and watch videos to answer questions about global cycles of matter and energy.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will summarize their learning by answering comprehension questions.

Other skills goals for this activity

Description and Teaching Materials

This activity is housed in Google Slides and should be used in "edit" mode.

Teaching Notes and Tips

The link allows access to a "view only" copy of the playlist. You can choose, "File" then "Make a Copy" from the toolbar to create an editable copy. A "force copy" link is provided on the first slide. This activity is easily integrated into a Learning Management System.


Students will complete activities as they progress through the playlist that provide formative assessments of the material being introduced. Students can submit the slides in a Learning Management System so teachers can check their work.

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