The illustration above shows how nitrogen travels through the living and non-living parts of the Earth system.
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Classroom Activity: Traveling Nitrogen
Welcome to the resource page for the Traveling Nitrogen Classroom Activity!
In this classroom activity, students play the role of nitrogen atoms traveling through the nitrogen cycle to gain understanding of the varied pathways through the cycle and the relevance of nitrogen to living things.
The latest version of this activity is linked below with the other associated files that you will need to play the game in your classroom. Links to related articles on Windows to the Universe provide background information and learning extensions for students.
The Traveling Nitrogen Activity:
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