Cycles of Matter Lesson Plans

  • Lab Experiment
    Owl Pellets
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    Experiment
    Owl pellets can be used to teach a part of the natural food chain. They can also be used to teach skeletal structure of rodents. Owl pellets are compact undigested parts which the owl eats. The owl regurgitates these compact pellets which contain fur, bones, etc. of small rodents. Dry pellets will not smell or be unpleasant for students to handle.
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    Published by High School
  • Project
    Environmental Impact Project
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

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    This is a comprehensive group project where students learn and make decisions about the environmental, social, economic benefits from developing a plot of land. Topics include water carbon nitrogen cycles, ecosystems, food web and energy pyramids and environmental science research.
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    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Assessment
    Principles of Ecology Quiz
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    This quiz assesses students knowledge of biodiversity, biomes, ecosystem stability, decomposers, producers, biogeochemical cycles, water cycle, nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, energy in the ecosystem, food chain, food web, energy pyramid, and trophic levels.
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    Published by High School
  • Worksheet
    Biogeochemical Cycles Review
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

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    Students will fill out this simple worksheet with information on carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Class Activity
    Water Cycle Model
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    Activity
    Students to create their own working model of the water cycle using common materials found in a science classroom.
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    Published by B.A. Campbell, R. Kelly, C.A. Schlosser, D.R. Belvedere High School

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