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How is Carbon Stored in Wood Products?

Lesson Overview:

This resource examines the properties of carbon and how to use formulas for calculating carbon storage sequestration. It provides information on how some carbon is lost during the processing and manufacturing of wood, whilst most is recovered and used and then stored for the life of the wood product.

Aligns with the Australian Curriculum for Year 10 Science - the periodic table, chemical reactions and their products and the carbon cycle. 

This resource could also be used as a 'real world' activity for year 8 Mathematics studying volumes and conversion calculations.

Year Level/s:

8, 10

Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Mathematics, Science

National Curriculum Codes:


Strand Content Description:


  • ACMMG195 - Choose appropriate units of measurement for area and volume and convert from one unit to another.
  • ACMMG197 - Investigate the relationship between features of circles such as circumference, area, radius and diameter. Use formulas to solve problems involving circumference and area.
  • ACMMG198 - Develop the formulas for volumes of rectangular and triangular prisms and prisms in general. Use formulas to solve problems involving volume.
  • ACMMG217 - Calculate the surface area and volume of cylinders and solve related problems.


  • ACSSU186 - The atomic structure and properties of elements are used to organise them in the Periodic Table.
  • ACSSU187 - Different types of chemical reactions are used to produce a range of products and can occur at different rates.
  • ACSSU189 - Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy, Numeracy

Cross Curriculum Priorities:


Curriculum Connections:


ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Adaptation, Carbon, Carbon capture, Carbon capture and sequestration, Carbon cycle, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Sequestration, Square Metres, Volume


Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes, Forestry Products - Processing and Technology, Forest Futures - Carbon Renewable Resources and Innovation

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Worksheet

Secondary: Activity


How is Carbon Stored in Wood Products?

Student Resource

How is Carbon Stored in Wood Products?

How carbon is stored in trees and wood products

File Size: 700.97 kb
File Type: PDF


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