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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

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:

Geography, Earth and Environmental Science

National Curriculum Codes:


Strand Content Description:


  • 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.

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).

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

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


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