Calvin Cycle Teacher Resources
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Inhale. Exhale. Breathe easy with this richly-designed lesson plan on the source of our oxygen! Children may be surprised to find out that plankton produce the bulk of the vital gas. They participate in an activity where they record the number of breaths that they take in 30 seconds and then compute how many taken in larger time spans. They then calculate how much of those breaths are provided by the plankton. The lesson closes with a creative activity in which individuals design a t-shirt or bumper sticker that encourages the public to take care of the oceans. This is a pertinent lesson for early environmentalists or during a natural resources unit.
After learning about the technology of grid modernization, middle schoolers investigate its effectiveness in energy conservation. This is accomplished through a collaborative research assignment, resulting in a written summary and additional questions. What makes this lesson plan stellar is that it provides links to informative websites, quality handouts to guide learners, a research rubric, detailed directions, and more!
In this photosynthesis worksheet, students define ATP and photosynthesis. Students compare fermentation, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis. This worksheet has 2 graphic organizers and 9 short answer questions.
This clip picks up right where the Khan Academy's Photosynthesis video left off. Chemicals such as hydrogen and compounds such as NADPH are reviewed along with details including the stroma, thylakoid, lumen, and grana. See the parts of a chloroplast and how it functions to produce energy. The Photosynthesis: Calvin Cycle video takes a look then at the "dark reactions" or light independent reactions.
Photosynthesis 101! You'll find four activities, pre tests, post tests, full color handouts, and hardcore scientific information to help you tech a photosynthesis. Use the resource to guide your teaching or just use the great handouts, it's a win/win either way.
Obtain a basic understanding of photosynthesis at a chemical level. The steps involved are introduced and simplified, but they are still difficult to understand. I suggest using this resource to supplement a lecture. An overview is given of the 2 main stages; light dependent and light independent. For more details, students should watch the whole photosynthesis series.
In this photosynthesis review sheet, students answer 31 questions about the stages of photosynthesis and the process of capturing light by a plant from the sun and turning it into stored chemical energy. Students discuss the light dependent and light independent reactions of photosynthesis.
Because photosynthesis is such a complicated process, this video covers the same material as the previous video (light dependent reactions) but presents it with a clearer diagram and with further explanation.
This clip picks up right where the Khan Academy's Photosynthesis video left off. Chemicals such as hydrogen and compounds such as NADPH are reviewed along with details such as the stroma, thylakoid, lumen, and grana. See the parts of a chloroplast and how it functions to produce energy. The Photosynthesis: Calvin Cycle video takes a look then at the "dark reactions" or light independent reactions.
In this biology worksheet, students explain where the energy of food originally came from. Then the explain one of the principal chemical compounds that living things use to store energy. Students also describe how ATP and ADP differ and why.
Students conduct a variety of experiments on photosynthesis. In this biology instructional activity, students identify the factors required for the process to occur. They perform computerized experiments to test the amount of oxygen produced when plants are exposed to different light sources.
Sixth graders observe different microorganisms under the microscope. In this biology lesson, 6th graders draw and describe the samples they see. They study the root nodules of plants and explain how the plants benefit from those bacteria.
Ninth graders examine the structure and function of biomolecules. In this food molecule lesson, 9th graders will examine various types of biomolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. They will analyze nutrition facts on food labels and draw the respiration and photosynthesis stages of biomolecules.
In this biology worksheet, students color and label the chemiosmosis process. They complete 4 short answer questions on ATP synthesis.
Sixth graders create a KWL chart about microorganisms. In this biology lesson plan, 6th graders create and label a diagram on a microbial mat. They investigate the processes involved in the carbon, oxygen and sulfur cycles.
Students conduct a series of experiments to explore carbon dioxide properties. In this chemistry lesson, students explain the production and uses of this gas. They measure its amount in soda and waste product of yeast.
Students decide if planting is a solution to air pollution. They participate in a mock trial, using results from research and experiments as evidence that supports their claim.
If you need summary notes for independent study, or a Powerpoint to review as a class, then these slides will fit your need. There are really great, quite detailed, diagrams and some slides to summarize the 2 stages of reactions in different ways, along with notes for vocabulary.
Quite a detailed and advanced look at the transport mechanisms of a plant. The absorption and control of sugar and water concentration are explained and will help an understanding of homeostasis concepts and organ specialization.
Students explore the concept of photosynthesis. They describe the light and light independent reactions of photosynthesis. Students relate physical plant characteristics to their functions. They distinguish between C3, C4, and CAM plants and relate their adaptations to their environment.