Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration: The Chemistry of Life
Help me give my students Elodea densa plants, Digital Timers and lab equipment to study photosynthesis.
This project expired on August 11, 2019.
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We are a small alternative public school, part of a district which serves 11,000 students in 21 schools. As my program serves such a small number of students in a non-traditional setting, it is a challenge to get the necessary resources to provide the same learning experiences as the traditional schools.
Many of our students are disengaged, yet they have such great potential and a desire for success that they have not experienced in the past.
Chronic absenteeism, multiple suspensions, and failed classes are just a few of the issues they have faced in the past. Yet, they are eager, creative and hopeful that they can find success in the future. Our mission is to provide the academic, social and emotional support they need to re-engage in school and find success in high school and beyond.
We are small, with three teachers serving 24 students, and we are mighty, working tirelessly to ensure each student gets the support needed to get back on track. But our small budget makes it difficult to get the supplies and resources necessary to provide an engaging and rigorous environment in which our students can learn and grow.
The materials in this project will be used to give students a first-hand look at how plants undergo photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Students will experiment with Elodea sprigs to determine the conditions under which either photosynthesis or cellular respiration takes place. They will use indicators to compare the gases released by plants exposed to light or kept in the dark, and to determine if sugars have been produced, in order to understand the products of each process.
Students learn science best when they can see it in action, and experiments involving living organisms are essential to their understanding of complex biological processes.
Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are essential to all life on Earth, yet we often treat them as abstract chemical reactions in science class. This experiment will allow students to see the outcomes of both processes, understand the conditions necessary for them to take place and explore the implications for plant and animal life alike.
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