Plant Respiration Teacher Resources
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Students are introduced to global warming through analysis of political/editorial cartoons dealing with the subject. They discuss the cartoon and what the feel it means and then discuss the mechanics of and the concerns about global warming.
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.
Here's a five-star lesson plan in which inquisitors conduct sophisticated experimentation with cellular respiration in plant seeds. Placing seeds in a closed system they measure the amount carbon dioxide produced and relate it to respiration rates, varying either the moisture, temperature, or amount of light. Thorough background information and teachers' notes are provided, but the mentioned lab sheet is not. If your biologists, ecologists, or botanists are able to perform this inquiry, then they can also write their own lab reports.
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 analyze graphs on global carbon dioxide emission. In this environmental science lesson, students explain the role of carbon dioxide levels to global climate change. They examine ways to reduce their own carbon footprints.
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 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.
Sixth graders explore the role of plants in the ecosystem. In this life science lesson plan, 6th graders simulate photosynthesis and cellular respiration by playing a card game. They explain the difference between the two processes.
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.
Fifth graders test plants in the dark and in the light to see which grows better and produces more carbon dioxide. In this plants lesson plan, 5th graders also create ways for plants to go through photosynthesis that they can observe.
Students study the carbon cycle and how the energy from the sun is used. In this carbon instructional activity students draw a diagram of the carbon cycle.
Students observe the production of gas as an effect of photosynthesis. In this biology lesson, students perform an experiment with pondweed and make measurements and predictions about photosynthesis and the plant.
Students discover the properties of chlorophyll in plants. In this plant biology activity, 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.
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.
Seventh graders observe and discuss as a class the different types of vascular plants. They examine the different parts of the plant and some of the processes occurring in plants with activities accompanying.
Students investigate the biotic and abiotic factors that are found in an aquatic ecosystem. The emphasis is upon the investigation of present an projections of future water quality. Then students visit a local body of water to gather data while making observations.
Students smash plant parts and wait for visibility of chlorophyl to show why plants turn green. In this green plants lesson plan, students use acetone and filter paper for this experiment.
Tenth graders conduct an investigation that models the greenhouse effect. Activities include conducting library and/or Internet research on the topic of global warming to collect current scientific evidence.
Pupils explain what constitutes a chemical reaction and how chemical equations represent chemical reactions by means of discussion and demonstrations.
Ninth graders discuss the differences between climate and weather as a class. Using data they collected, they create a graph of the data to share with the class over a specific time period. They compare and contrast this data with material from the same area over a fifty year span and present their findings to the class.