HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems


  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Yeast Fermentation Lab
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    Lab
    In this yeast fermentation lab, students experiment on how sugar concentration influences the rate of anaerobic respiration (alcoholic fermentation) in yeast. Students also create a control group with not using yeast.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-7
    HS-LS2-3
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Worksheet
    Food Web Worksheet
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    Worksheet
    Students label the plants and animals of a food web and food chains for producer / consumer and either herbivore / carnivore / omnivore. Students then create their own food web using the animals provided.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment Recently Updated
    Carbon Cycle Modeling Lab
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    Lab
    There are four stations where students practice and build the concept that carbon cycles between reservoirs. Each station represents a lesson, and student cycle through the stations to learn from each lesson.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    HS-LS2-5
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment Recently Updated
    Carbohydrate Modeling Lab - Ball-and-Stick Metabolism
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    Lab
    Students will learn act out polymerization by performing carbohydrate dehydration synthesis and carbohydrate hydrolysis using chemistry models. Students will also model breaking of one biomolecule to make a different biomolecule. Students will be able to model how polymers are made and how polymers are broken. Students will also be able to describe how the atoms in one macromolecule can be use use to make a different macromolecule.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-6
    MS-LS1-7 (Metabolism)
    Common Core Standard
    W 9-10.2.D, 9-10.7. RST 9-10.3, 9-10.4, 9-10.7
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment Recently Updated
    Photosynthesis Modeling Lab - Ball-and-Stick
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    Lab
    Students will learn about the inputs and outputs of photosynthesis by building ball and stick chemical models. Students will also experience the law of conservation of matter by breaking CO2 and H2O into Glucose and O2. Students will be able to write a CER answering the question: How are the atoms in carbon dioxide and water related to the glucose molecule and oxygen molecules synthesized in photosynthesis?
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-5
    Common Core Standard
    W 9-10.2.D, 9-10.7. RST 9-10.3, 9-10.4, 9-10.7
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Test / Quiz
    Energy Pyramid Test Question Bank
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    The energy pyramid quiz question bank includes food webs, food chains, trophic levels, the energy pyramid, and the 10% rule for energy transfer. You can use the question bank to build assessments, and active membership is required to view questions.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Test / Quiz Recently Updated
    Biogeochemical Cycles Test Question Bank
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    The biogeochemical cycles quiz question bank includes carbon, nitrogen, water, and carbon reservoirs and processes. You can use the question bank to build assessments, and an active membership is required to view questions.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    HS-LS2-5
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Food Webs and Pond Water Lab
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    Lab
    Students are going to construct a food web, identify aquatic organisms, and determine environmental impacts to aquatic ecosystems.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Project
    How Matter & Energy Moves Through The Ecosystem Project
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    In this carbon cycle project, students will model how a carbon atom makes a round trip from a person through the atmosphere and ecosystem and end finally back in the same person. This carbon cycle project video covers concepts like photosynthesis, consumption, cellular respiration, carbon reservoirs, and the 10% rule for energy flow.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-5
    HS-LS1-7
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment Recently Updated
    Cellular Respiration Modeling Lab
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    Lab
    In this cellular respiration modeling lab, students act out the three parts of cellular respiration: glycolysis, electron transport chain, and the Kreb cycle. Students at the end of the lab will learn the chemical formula for cellular respiration, how ATP is synthesized using NADH and FADH2, and why acetyl Co-A is broken down and CO2 gas is released as a waste product. This cellular respiration modeling lab is great for visual and kinesthetic learners.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-7
    HS-LS2-3
     
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  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Worksheet
    Tracing Energy Through an Ecosystem
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    Worksheet
    In this activity students are reminded of why organisms need to lose carbon atoms: They need to use the chemical energy in organic molecules. All carbon-transforming processes use chemical energy for some cell functions; then lose heat to the environment (this heat is ultimately radiated into outer space). Thus, matter cycles; energy flows in ecosystems.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Tracing Carbon Through an Ecosystem Lab
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    Lab
    In this activity students shift to following a pulse of 500 carbon atoms through all the carbon pools in an ecosystem, considering the carbon transforming processes (eating, digestion, biosynthesis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration and death/defecation) that move atoms from one pool to another. They see how the pattern they observed in Lesson 2—the organic matter pyramid—emerges from these carbon-transforming processes.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-5
    HS-LS1-7
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    The Carbon Dice Game Lab
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    Lab
    Students play the roles of individual carbon atoms going through carbon-transforming processes in an ecosystem. Key ideas include (a) carbon-transforming processes in individual organisms (eating, digestion, biosynthesis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration and death/defecation) move carbon atoms from one carbon pool to another, (b) carbon atoms visit some pools much more often than others, and (c) the game is a model of how atoms move through ecosystems—like real ecosystems in some ways and unlike it in others.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    HS-LS2-5
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Worksheet
    Organic Carbon Pools in Other in Ecosystems Worksheet
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    Worksheet
    Students consider different ecosystems that have different amounts of organic carbon to begin to think about carrying capacity.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Worksheet
    Biomass Patterns in Ecosystems
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    Worksheet
    Students use the results of the Meadow Simulation to recognize a consistent pattern in ecosystems: the biomass in the herbivore population is smaller than the producer biomass, and biomass in the carnivore population is always the smallest.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
     
    Published by Carbon TIME
  • Multimedia
    Key Features of Ecosystems
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    Multimedia
    Students “zoom in” to a meadow ecosystem. We expect that most students will be able to identify the producers, herbivores, and carnivores, but they will be less likely to explain how the number of each is affected by the others.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • HS-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Food Chain Lab - Owl Pellets
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    Lab
    In this food chain lab, students dissect owl pellets to learn how the owl is part of a food chain. Since the owl regurgitates these compact pellets, owl pellets are undigested parts that the owl eats, which contain fur and bones of small rodents. Dry pellets will not smell and are acceptable for students to handle with gloves.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-2
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS1-7 (Metabolism)
    MS-LS2-1 (Resource Availability)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf

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