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Standard 1
Students will understand that living organisms interact with one another and their environment.
Objective 2
Explain relationships between matter cycles and organisms.
  • Building an Ecosystem in a Jar
    In this lab students must design a working, closed, aquatic ecosystem. They will demonstrate their understanding of food webs, energy flow and matter cycles.
  • Carbon Cycle Demo
    A teacher demonstration using dry ice and student acting introduces students to the carbon cycle.
  • Carbon Cycle Part 1 - What IS Carbon?
    This inquiry and discussion based lesson is a brief introduction to the carbon cycle, focusing on a description of carbon and its importance to life on Earth.
  • Carbon Cycle Part 2 - Modeling the Carbon Cycle
    Students will model the carbon cycle with subjects and processes, and discuss the cycling of carbon through Earth’s ecosystem. This is the second lesson in a series of lesson concerning the carbon cycle.
  • Carbon Cycle Part 3 - Fermentation Lab
    Over a multiple-day period, students will conduct an experiment with yeast to investigate the effects of different variables on carbon dioxide production. This series of lessons will focus on fermentation, or anaerobic respiration, which is a major proponent of the carbon cycle.
  • Nitrogen Cycle Reading
    Students will read a text selection about the nitrogen cycle and try to create a diagram.
  • Nitrogen Game
    Students will use a set of dice to model the movement of a nitrogen atom through the nitrogen cycle.
  • Separating Fact From Fiction
    Students will read an article and will discuss the difference between fact and inference identifying inferences and evidence within the article.
  • The Commons
    Students model an ocean ecosystem and see how humans affect the number of fish over a period of years. Students must work as a class to find an equitable solution for all the countries represented.
  • Water Cycle in a Test Tube
    Students will model the water cycle in a test tube. They will also learn how water is purified.
  • What’s the Limit?
    Students will grow radishes and experiment with the critical amount of water that they need to survive.

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