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Plants

Carbon TIME: Plants Unit





2016-17 Field Test Version

The Plants unit builds on student learning about organic and inorganic materials in the Systems and Scale unit as well as the processes learned in the Animals Unit, including how all systems exist at multiple scales and the transformation of materials and energy during chemical change. In the Plants Unit students learn how the process of photosynthesis converts light energy from the sun into chemical energy stored in glucose, the process of cellular respiration transforms organic materials to inorganic materials and chemical energy to energy for function and movement of organisms, and the process of biosynthesis transforms food molecules into the biomass of an organism during growth.

Principal Authors

Christa Haverly, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Sarah Bodbyl, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Christie Morrison Thomas, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Kirsten Edwards, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Hannah K. Miller, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Charles W. (Andy) Anderson, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Contributing Authors

Jennifer H. Doherty, Lindsey Mohan, Elizabeth Tompkins, Emily Scott, Nicholas Verbanic, Wendy Johnson, Allison Freed, Jenny Dauer, Pingping Zhao

Illustrations

Craig Douglas

This research is supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation: A Learning Progression-based System for Promoting Understanding of Carbon-transforming Processes (DRL 1020187) and Sustaining Responsive and Rigorous Teaching Based on Carbon TIME (NSF 1440988). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the united States Department of Energy.

This unit is also available online at http://carbontime.bscs.org/. Contact the MSU Environmental Literacy Program for more information: EnvLit@msu.edu.