Unit 5: Matter Cycles

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TeacherJulia Rosso
Subject AreaScience
Grade Level8th
Week #Weeks 16-21
Unit of InstructionUnit 5: Matter Cycles
Standard(s) Taught

SC.8.L.18.1 Describe and investigate the process of photosynthesis, such as the roles of light, carbon dioxide, water and chlorophyll; production of food; release of oxygen.

SC.8.N.1.6 Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions, explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.

SC.8.L.18.2 Describe and investigate how cellular respiration breaks down food to provide energy and releases carbon dioxide.

SC.912.L.18.7 Identify the reactants, products, and basic functions of photosynthesis.

SC.912.L.18.8 Identify the reactants, products, and basic functions of aerobic and anaerobic cellular respiration.

SC.912.L.18.9 Explain the interrelated nature of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

SC.8.L.18.4 Cite evidence that living systems follow the Laws of Conservation of Mass and Energy.

SC.8.L.18.3 Construct a scientific model of the carbon cycle to show how matter and energy are continuously transferred within and between organisms and their physical environment.

SC.7.N.3.2 Identify the benefits and limitations of the use of scientific models.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will be able to:

• describe the process of photosynthesis using word equations: o carbon dioxide + water + sunlight —> sugar (food) + oxygen + water

• describe the role of light, carbon dioxide and water in photosynthesis

• describe the role of chlorophyll in the process of photosynthesis

• differentiate which organisms undergo photosynthesis

• describe the process of cellular respiration using word equations: o oxygen + sugar (food) — > carbon dioxide + water

• explain how cellular respiration breaks down food to provide energy and releases carbon dioxide

• explain why plants and animals undergo cellular respiration

Advanced:

1. Identify the reactants, products, and basic functions of photosynthesis

2. Identify the reactants, products, and basic functions of aerobic and anaerobic cellular respiration

3. Explain the interrelated nature of photosynthesis and cellular respiration

• investigate how living systems obey the Law of Conservation of Mass

• investigate how living systems obey the Law of Conservation of Energy

• explain how matter and energy are transferred in the carbon cycle

• construct a scientific model of the carbon cycle to show how matter and energy are transferred       Discuss benefits and limitations of models

• identify carbon reservoirs as the atmosphere, organisms, fossil fuels, sediments and oceans and other bodies of water

 

Classroom Activities

Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, & Carbon Cycle Models

Gizmos Labs:  Photosynthesis, Cell Energy Cycle, Carbon Cycle

Videos, video clips

Nearpod

Kahoot

PHET Labs

Interactive Science Notebook activities

Discovery Education 

Assignments Due

Summative District Assessment: Matter Cycles January 24/25

Additional Resources