This week we returned from break to a 3 day week. I started the week by reviewing cells using a webquest. I then moved on to photosynthesis and respiration. I began class showing the student a gift I received for my 27th birthday. The gift was an Eco-sphere. The concept of the Ecosphere was developed in NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. It is a completely closed off system that sustains 3 shrimp, algae and bacteria. It really got my students asking questions.
After getting them interested, I used the saddleworth animation for teaching the photosynthesis. It is a great simulation with a bunch of already made worksheets out there. I also used this lab as an opportunity to review experimental design.