Oxygen Cycle Teacher Resources
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Students write a lab report that shows a diagram of the carbon oxygen cycle. In this photosynthesis lesson students create a diagram of their observations, and explain what they learned.
Students run clockwise around a track in the gym, pretending they are the blood that carries oxygen through the body. They go to the "mouth" station where they take three breaths and pick up an object that represents oxygen. Students then run to the "heart" station and contract their whole body, pretending to be a heart. They then run to the "muscle" station where they put their beanbag into a bucket and perform a designated exercise.
Students explain the importance of dissolved oxygen in water ecosystems. They describe the aquatic oxygen cycle and the effect of water pollution on oxygen. They make observations, collect data and draw a conclusion.
Students explain how land use affects the levels of nitrogen and phosphate in water. They describe how nutrient pollution impacts the water oxygen cycle. They list the steps that can be taken to reduce nutrient pollution.
Students construct their own diagrams outlining the pathway of carbon and oxygen in our atmosphere. They listen to a lecture on the carbon cycle while drawing an example of the carbon cycle on the board. Students comprehend that CO2 is the main source of carbon, which is used for photosynthesis, and that CO2 is a byproduct of photosynthesis.
Students construct their own diagrams outlining the pathway of carbon and oxygen in the atmosphere. Students explain their diagrams outlining the pathway and teacher checks for accuracy and completion.
Explore air pollution and man-made emissions with young environmental advocates as they examine images and discuss the issues. Use brief points (listed here) to explain a few main concepts such as effects of smog, sources of pollution, the ozone layer, and the oxygen cycle. There are a few linked images you can display to engage visual learners during this discussion. They can see these factors at play through an interactive online simulation which has them adjust different variables (population, emissions, weather, etc.) to see the effect on a hypothetical city. The Auntie Litter video link gives several options; check out the "Life is a Breath of Fresh Air" song and consider teaching it to your youngsters!
A 12-page midterm exam sample can be given to young scientists in preparation for an exam. This particular installment is geared toward a class that delves into both ecology and chemistry concepts. There is no way to separate the 50 multiple choice question by topic, as the questions alternate between the two. The problem-solving section could stand alone as a chemistry quiz, but the third section has both chemistry and biology essay questions. Perhaps you could use this as a resource for questions that you could incorporate into your own test.
Students explore oxygen in water. They demonstrate the importance of dissolved oxygen in natural waters. Using a purchased classroom study kit, students create their own samples, relating the importance of temperature to oxygen saturation.
Students read about the carbon-oxygen, nitrogen, and water cycles and relate it to diagrams of the three cycles. They browse through relevant websites and view a video. They draw illustrations of the cycles using organisms and nonliving things.
Humans can have a big impact on the environment, specifically the influence they have on the carbon cycle. First, the class will define and discuss each of the earths four major spheres, the biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. Then, they will turn their attention to the carbon cycle as it is influenced by human choices and how human choice interacts within each of the four spheres. The activity culminates as the class creates informational posters describing the cycle, ways humans negatively impact the carbon cycle, and ways they can improve it.
Fourth graders examine the interdependence of the oxygen and carbon dioxide cycle in an ecosystem through a laboratory investigation. After a lecture/demo, 4th graders complete the lab in groups.
In this photosynthesis worksheet, students answer 18 questions in a combination of multiple choice and short answers including the completion of a table.
Someone set out to create an epic slide show on ecosystems, but seems to have stopped short. It begins by examining the parts of an ecosystem and roles that different organisms play within it. Simple, informative, and colorful, these slides are directed at upper elementary ecologists. The last half of these 87 slides; however, are void of photographs or graphics. They do have text about the biomes of the world. If you find the first half to be of your liking, all you would need to do is add some photos to make this slide show an excellent complement to your instruction.
In the Western Forests there lives a beetle, a mountain pine beetle. Explore the ways in which a once manageable beetle population has grown to unmanageable numbers because of climate change in forest regions. After examining case study documents and a video, the class engages in a discussion on the potential versus actual impact of climate change on forest beetle population. Several great web links and extension activities are suggested to add to or augment the learning experience.
Anytime you make concepts clear with role playing or hands-on experience, it's a win for the whole class. Ping-Pong balls are used to represent carbon in a carbon cycle role-play activity. In small groups, children first discuss what carbon is and how it moves through each of Earth's spheres. They show how carbon moves by drawing a card and acting out the movement of the carbon as described on the card. This is a great visual way to represent the carbon cycle!
During the Achaea Eon, Cyano bacteria start to produce and release oxygen into the atmosphere making the environment suitable for Eukaryotic life forms. Sal explains the timeline of these events as well as the consequences that occurred due to the higher levels of oxygen. The video would be great if paired with a video from the Kahn Academy biology series.
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!
Middle school science stars examine fuels and energy with a variety of activities. They begin with a KWL chart, read an informative passage, and then complete a puzzle. The puzzle itself is included. Cleverly, each piece corresponds to a statement which learners must determine if it is true or false. They will only be able to complete the puzzle if they answer each correctly. This foundational topic is presented in a creative way.
Students examine the steps of the hydrological cycle; identify surface water and groundwater; determine how surface water is cleaned before being used for drinking, bathing, cooking, and other direct purposes; and model a process used to clean water.