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Earth science experts learn about the roles of nitrogen by taking a virtual journey through the nitrogen cycle. Completing a passport worksheet along the way, they move from place to place around the classroom by the toss of dice. Each stop represents a nitrogen reservoir. Where this activity demonstrates how nitrogen molecules move, it does not provide much explanation of how. Make sure to teach a lesson plan based on the provided background information to make the lesson plan complete.
A thorough background and nitrate sampling lab sheet are provided to share with your young scientists. After discussing the nitrogen cycle with the class, you will break them into small groups and show them how to use their inquiry skills and nitrate sampling kits to detect the concentration of nitrate in stream water. This is comprehensively written, making it an ideal time saver when it comes to planning lab activities.
The nitrogen cycle is the focus of a well-designed science lesson. In it, learners see that plants and animals produce waste products and decompose after death. Many of the waste products include nitrogen which is absobed by other organisms. After a teacher-led demonstration, pupils are given nitrogen cycle cutouts and they create a nitrogen cycle based on what they've learned in class.
Students discuss ammonia, and ways it may get into the aquarium. They complete a worksheet about the Nitrogen Cycle. Students learn how to get the ammonia and nitrite out of their aquarium.
Fifth graders investigate the nitrogen cycle and examine the concepts of decomposition and nitrification. Students participate in a class discussion about the creation of waste and ammonia compounds, then using nitrogen cycle cut-outs create a nitrogen cycle.
Students investigate the factors that compose the nitrogen cycle. The harmful effects of acid rain and ozone depletion are also discussed in the lesson. Students define the nutrient that is often limiting to plant growth through conducting research.
Fifth graders identify organisms and processes involved in three cycles: the water cycle, the carbon cycle, and the nitrogen cycle. They produce a pictorial or abstract water cycle, and appropriately place life forms onto an existing carbon or nitrogen cycle.
Students demonstrate and understanding of the nitrogen cycle by taking roles and interacting with others in a simulation activity.
Students study the nitrogen cycle and construct a diagram.  In this Earth Science lesson students use role play to see the various paths. 
Students create an ecosystem in a jar to show a model of the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycle. Working in small groups, they research and present orally the information they find on this cycle.
Expose your class to the steps of the nitrogen cycle with this short clip. Colorful computer imagery and animation explain how nitrogen travels from the atmosphere as a gas into plants and soil, where bacteria convert it into nitrates. Plants and animals use the nitrates to construct the proteins they need. When plants and animals decompose, bacteria return the nitrates to the atmosphere as nitrogen gas. This is a terrific resource to add to your ecology curriculum!
Students explore the cycles of an ecosystem.  In this environmental science lesson, students work in groups to research the nitrogen cycle, the water cycle, or the oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle. Students prepare a PowerPoint or other visual aide to be presented to the class.
Young scholars explore biology by investigating a DNA diagram. In this nitrogen lesson, students identify the impact nitrogen has on the living and nonliving by cycling itself through oxygen. Young scholars examine a nitrogen cycle diagram and discuss the cycle with classmates.
The majority of this presentation is a collection of diagrams and graphs that back your lecture on biogeochemical cycles. The last few slides define ecosystems and the Gaia hypothesis. You may find these slides valuable, but will definitely need to plan ahead regarding how you will use them in your ecology classes. 
An inventive and interesting lesson on the water cycle (and other cycles associated with it), is here for you. After doing a well-designed hands-on inquiry in class, learners also identify organisms and processes that are involved in the nitrogen cycle and the carbon cycle. They construct an abstract water cycle and place life forms onto an existing carbon or nitrogen cycle.
Students take a virtual trip to a Catfish Aquaculture Pond and analyze soil bacteria to determine how many nitrogen cycle bacteria are present. They graph the number of colonies present and use data to determine ammonium levels in the soil.
Young scholars design and create a compost pile in order to study the Nitrogen Cycle. They then use the scientific method to determine if plants grow better when they add organic matter from their compost pile to the plant's soil.
Students identify the main concepts and ideas of the nitrogen cycle. They review key concepts covered up to this point in ecology including food chains, food webs, energy pyramids, and bio-geochemical cycles.
Don't let the name fool you! Not just life cycles, but also some of Earth's cycles are presented with this tool. On a scrollable row, choose from different animal life cycles, the water cycle, a general plant lifecycle, phases of the moon, and more!
AP environmental science or college-level ecology classes will glean a tremendous amount of information on nutrient cycles from this detailed PowerPoint. It covers nutrient requirements, biogeochemcial cycles, decomposition rates, and plant adaptations when nutrient conditions are low. There are diagrams and flow charts to help explain the concepts. The 53 slides of information will require a few class sessions to dispatch.

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