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ForestLearning Tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure

Lesson Overview:

Explore how much carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) your eucalypt and pine trees have offset so far in their lifetime by measuring a tree at chest height with the ForestLearning Carbon Storage Tape Measure.

This tape measure has been developed by Forest Learning in partnership with CSIRO using their scientific data on tree carbon storage, and Lifecycle’s analysis of of average everyday products and energy use.


How to make your Carbon Storage Tape Measure:

STEP 1     Print this page out at actual size on either an A3 sheet or A4 sheet. 
                IMPORTANT PRINTING NOTE:  To print at the correct scale, set all printer outputs to 100% (not the default 'scale to fit'). 
                Measure the print out against a standard ruler for accuracy.

STEP 2     Cut out all 7 sections along the dotted lines.

STEP 3     Glue, staple or tape the sections together as shown. The finished tape measure should be 200cm long x 2.5cm high

Year Level/s:

Kinder / Prep, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), , Geography, Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Science, Science, Design and Technologies

National Curriculum Codes:


Strand Content Description:

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

  • ACHASSI020 - Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps
  • ACHASSI036 - Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps
  • ACHASSK088 - The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people

  • ACHASSK090 - The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably.


  • ACHGE071 - The relationship between land cover change and climate change and the long-term impact of climate change on land cover. (ACHGE071)
  • ACHGE074 - The concept of anthropogenic biomes and its implications for our understanding of the functioning of the world’s ecosystems.
  • ACHGE076 - The interrelationships between land cover change and climate change, for example, the impacts of land cover loss on surface reflectivity (albedo) and the process of natural carbon sequestration. (ACHGE076)
  • ACHGE079 - The causes, rate and projected impacts of declining biodiversity.
  • ACHGK070 - The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability.
  • ACHGK075 - The application of environmental economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change


  • ACMMG197 - Investigate the relationship between features of circles such as circumference, area, radius and diameter. Use formulas to solve problems involving circumference and area.
  • ACMMG223 - Use similarity to investigate the constancy of the sine, cosine and tangent ratios for a given angle in right-angled triangles
  • ACMMG224 - Apply trigonometry to solve right-angled triangle problems
  • ACMMG245 - Solve right-angled triangle problems including those involving direction and angles of elevation and depression
  • ACMNA193 - Plot linear relationships on the Cartesian plane with and without the use of digital technologies

Earth and Environmental Science

  • ACSES076 - Renewable resources are those that are typically replenished at time scales of years to decades and include harvestable resources (for example, water, biota and some energy resources) and services (for example, ecosystem services).


  • ACSSU017 - Living things have a variety of external features.
  • ACSSU032 - Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways.
  • ACSSU043 - Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.
  • ACSSU044 - Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.
  • ACSSU072 - Living things have life cycles.
  • ACSSU094 - The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment.
  • ACSSU116 - Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable.
  • ACSSU176 - Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems.
  • ACSSU189 - Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Design and Technologies

  • ACTDEK012 - Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies.
  • ACTDEK019 - Investigate how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services and environments for current and future use.

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Numeracy, Personal and Social Capabilities

Cross Curriculum Priorities:


Curriculum Connections:

Geography, Mathematics, Science, Science - Agriculture, Science - Earth and Environmental Science

ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Agroforestry, Carbon, Carbon capture, Carbon capture and sequestration, Carbon cycle, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Environmental Sustainability, Eucalypts, Forestry, Greenhouse effect, Greenhouse gases, Pine Trees, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Trees


Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes, Forest Futures - Carbon Renewable Resources and Innovation

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Activity

Secondary: Poster


ForestLearning Tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure

Student Resource

ForestLearning Tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure EUCALYPT DIY

Print this download on A4 paper and follow the instructions to make your own ForestLearning Eucalypt tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure!

File Size: 3.10 mb
File Type: PDF


Student Resource

A4 DIY ForestLearning Tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure PINE TREE

Print this download on A4 paper and follow the instructions to make your own ForestLearning Pine Tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure!

File Size: 2.93 mb
File Type: PDF


Teacher Resource

Carbon Storage Tape Measure Suggested Acitivites for the classroom

This resource suggests classroom and practical activities that utilise the ForestLearning Tree Carbon Tape Measure. Activity One provides a lesson plan incorporating the Tape Measure’s use within the classroom/home/field and a sample table for data collection during the lesson. The other suggested activities contain brief ideas for using the Tape Measure within lessons related to tree growth and carbon storage and can be adapted for use across several year levels.

File Size: 297.06 kb
File Type: PDF


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