Cycles of Matter Lesson Plans

  • Class Activity
    Carbon Cycle Modeling Activity
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Free Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Lesson Plan (DOCX) & Answer Key with Membership
     
    Activity
    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
  • Class Activity
    Photosynthesis Ball-and-Stick Model Activity
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Free Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Lesson Plan (DOCX) & Answer Key with Membership
     
    Activity
    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
  • Lab Experiment
    Owl Pellets
    Student Handout
     
    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.
    NGSS Standard
    MS-LS1-7 (Metabolism)
    MS-LS2-1 (Resource Availability)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf

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