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    Nitrogen cycle activity
    By Teacher Lady

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    I obviously found this on the net, but I wasn't smart enought note where. So sorry, I can't give credit where it's due, but nayway it's useful.


    • Show the nitrogen reservoir signs around the room and explain that these are the places to which nitrogen can travel. These places are called reservoirs.
    • Tell students that for this activity they are each playing the role of a nitrogen atom. They will travel through the nitrogen cycle (i.e., to different stations around the room) based on rolling dice. Tell students that they will each carry a nitrogen passport with them and mark it each time they get to a nitrogen reservoir station. Then toss the die at the reservoir to find out what your next destination will be. Write a note in the passport to indicate how you are getting from one place to another based on what the die says.
    • Spread students so that there are 2 or three at each station and allow them to start traveling with their passport worksheet.
    • Direct students to roll the die, filll out their passports, and wait for a signal to move to the next station.
    • Repeat this sequence through 4 or 5 stations before returning to their seats.

    • Discuss the activity with these questions:
    • How many stops can you make on your trip?
    • Will your journey ever end?
    • Was everyone’s journey the same? Why not?
    • What would happen if a farmer used too much fertilizer? (In this game, that would mean that everyone started from the fertilizer station at the same time.)
    • What would happen if we burnt too many fossil fuels?
    • Livestock farming creates a large amount of animal waste. How would this affect the nitrogen cycle?

    Students must now write a paragraph about their trip through the nitrogen cycle. Include information about (1) where they went, and (2) how they got to each destination.

    DICE CODES
    Instructions:
    • These pages are for the Traveling Nitrogen activity from Windows to the Universe.
    • Print the following dice code pages.
    • Cut each reservoir apart.
    • Place dice codes at appropriate reservoir stations.

    Atmosphere
    POTENTIAL ROUTES


    If your die reads: 1 or 2
    Lightning strikes! Nitrogen gas is make into a solid and travels to the soil!

    If your die reads: 3 or 4
    Blue green algae and bacteria convert you into a solid bringing you to the soil!

    If your die reads: 5 or 6
    Bean plants extract you from the air and bring you to the soil!





    Surface water

    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    If your die reads: 1 or 2
    You are just the sort of nitrogen that plants need to live. You are now within a live plant!

    If your die reads: 3 or 4
    You travel through the rivers and streams to the ocean!

    If your die reads: 5 or 6
    You percolate deep underground in the groundwater!



    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    You’ve
    arrived
    at:
    Rainwater


    If your die reads: 1
    You fall into a lake or stream so now you are part of surface water.

    If your die reads: 2 or 3
    You fall on the land and become part of the soil!

    If your die reads: 4
    You percolate deep underground in the groundwater!

    If your die reads: 5 or 6
    You rain into the ocean!






    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    You’ve
    arrived
    at: Groundwater

    If your die reads: Odd numbers (1, 3, or 5)
    The groundwater you are dissolved within travels and you become part of the surface water!

    If your die reads: Even numbers (2, 4, or 6)
    The groundwater you are dissolved within travels and you become part of the ocean!






    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    You’ve
    arrived
    at:
    Fertilizers

    If your die reads: 1 or 2
    You dissolve and wash into the surface water!

    If your die reads: 3 or 4
    You become part of the soil!

    If your die reads: 5 or 6
    You are just the sort of nitrogen that plants need to live. You are now within a live plant!



    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    You’ve
    arrived
    at:
    Soils

    If your die reads: 1
    You dissolve and wash into the groundwater!

    If your die reads: 2
    You dissolve and wash into the surface water!

    If your die reads: 3 or 4
    You are just the sort of nitrogen that plants need to live. You are now within a live plant!

    If your die reads: 5 or 6
    Bacteria have transformed you into nitrogen gas and you are now part of the atmosphere!






    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    You’ve
    arrived
    at the:
    Ocean

    If your die reads: 1
    Look out! Water is on the move! You have washed into the groundwater!

    If your die reads: 2 or 3
    You are just the sort of nitrogen that plants need to live. You are now within a live plant!

    If your die reads: 4, 5, or 6
    Bacteria have transformed you into nitrogen gas and you are now part of the atmosphere!






    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    You’ve
    arrived
    at:
    Live animals

    ! If your die reads: Odd numbers (1, 3, or 5)
    The animal that you are within has died. Go to dead plants and animals.

    If your die reads: Even numbers (2, 4, or 6)
    Congratulations! The animal that you were within has excreted and you are in its waste. Go to animal waste!










    POTENTIAL ROUTES
    You’ve
    arrived
    at:
    Animal waste


    If your die reads: 1or 2
    Look out before someone steps in you! Now you are decomposing in the soil!

    If your die reads: 3 or 4
    A farm supply company has picked you up and made you into fertilizer!

    If your die reads: 5 or 6
    What’s that in the water? You have dissolved into surface water!

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