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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.
Biomanufacturing and genetic engineering are very common practices around the world, but what exactly does it entail? Young geneticists find out through a series of labs, a discussion, and an in-class presentation to report their findings. There are lab procedures and a PowerPoint presentation included in the materials; although the PowerPoint is called Biotechnology in North Carolina Today, it is very general and could be used in any state. The materials included with the lesson are very text-heavy, so they may need some modification for English learners or students with special needs.
This smart slide show outlines energy flow in ecosystems. It addresses the sun as the primary source of all energy, flows into explanations of photosynthesis and respiration, and explores trophic feeding levels and productivity. Appropriate for middle or high school ecology classes, it can be followed with photosynthesis or cellular respiration laboratory exercises.
Plant respiration can be a difficult concept for young biologists to grasp; with a hands-on lab, learners can collect and graph data, then calculate the metabolism rate for the plants they studied. If you do not have a respirometer, there are detailed instructions for how to build your own with standard high school lab equipment. There is fairly extensive preparation required for the lab, so be sure to allow ample time.
Students investigate a local forest ecosystem and discover the biotic and abiotic parts of the forest. Students observe the groundcover, understory, and canopy layers as well as collect leaves and bark in order to identify trees in the forest as part of the "Finding Out About Forests" project.
Students discover the properties of chlorophyll in plants. In this plant biology lesson, students conduct an experiment to find where the chlorophyll in the plant is located. Students are split into small groups and study plant parts. Additionally, students study what happens to each plant part when sprayed with acetone. In their small groups, students infer what part of the plant contains the chlorophyll based on the reaction with the acetone. Students fill out a result chart.
Middle schoolers are introducced to how respiration and photosysnthesis cycle carbon through ecosystems. They read background information that describes the role of the Sun as Earth's ultimate energy source and explains how the energy requirements of plants and animals are met through photosynthesis.
Students identify photosynthesis as the mechanism by which plants convert sunlight energy into a usable energy source for plant processes. They identify photosynthesis as the mechanism by which plants create a molecule that can be used to build or grow. Students recognize that the plant needs a mechanism by which to access energy all the time, otherwise know as respiration. They design an experiment which tests variables one by one.