Energy Flow through Organisms: An Introduction to Photosynthesis and Respiration
In this life science classroom activity, students will use cooperative learning and whole class discussions to be introduced to the concept of energy flow through organisms. Students will use previous knowledge and available resources (science notebook, textbook, other books/journals) to analyze an organism and its environment, and understand the flow of energy and the basic processes of photosynthesis and respiration.
Analyzing an organism and its environment, energy flow through organisms, and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration.
Context for Use
Classroom activity - whole class discussions and cooperative learning in small groups of 2 or 3.
Time needed: 1 or 2 days.
Prior to this activity, students should understand needs of organisms, how to analyze an organism and its environment, and the basics of energy.
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity
Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Description and Teaching Materials
This lesson was part of the Ecology unit I developed for Student Teaching. Prior to this lesson, I did a lesson on Needs of Organisms (want vs. need), Analyzing an organism and its environment (what moves between an organism and its environment?, using human organism as an example), and the Basics of Energy (energy changes from one form to another, energy flows through organisms). So this lesson was a continuation of the previous lesson. Student Lesson Packet (Microsoft Word 29kB Sep15 08) Lesson packet with teaching notes (Microsoft Word 30kB Sep15 08)
Teaching Notes and Tips
7.IV.F.1 - Photosynthesis
7.IV.F.5 - Producer and Consumer