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

  • Class Activity
    Tracing Carbon Through an Ecosystem
    Student Handout
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    Activity
    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-LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
     
    Published by CarbonTIME High School
  • Class Activity
    The Carbon Dice Game
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    Activity
    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.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
     
    Published by CarbonTIME High School

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