Activity 3.1
Pieces of the carbon pie

This activity looks at the global situation and which human activities are contributing most carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

It builds on children’s prior learning and ability to share and build on knowledge and understanding through discussion and forming questions.

The use of a pie chart builds on numeracy skills, and the advantages of the visual interpretation of data.

Learners will have/be able to:

  • Recognise and explain the main global contributors of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere
  • Apply logic and thinking skills in working out which activity fits which piece of pie
  • Explain how a pie chart, using percentage values, can be used as a visual illustration, and be easier for some people to interpret


  • Clipboard + 3.1A Carbon pie activity sheet
    1 each
  • 3.1B Pieces of the carbon pie
    Completed pie chart diagram
  • Colouring pencils
    Enough for everyone
  • Scissors & glue
    Enough for everyone

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