Schoolyard Ecology

Thinking about the flow of matter and energy with students is one of the key ways of exploring ecosystems. In these lessons, students construct their own understanding of ecosystems through investigations in their schoolyard, developing ideas about ecological processes and functions.

Balance of Photosynthesis and Respiration

Grades: 
9-12
6-8
3-5
Topic(s): 
Nutrients & Energy
Carbon
Time: 
2 Class periods
Setting: 
Schoolyard
Guiding Questions: 
Are there differences in the CO2 levels in different areas of the school campus? Does the amount of light affect the plant respiration and CO2 production rate? Is there any correlation between temperature increase and cellular respiration/photosynthesis processes?

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