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Roots, Shoots, and Wood

Roots, Shoots, and Wood

Educational studies have found that despite classroom presentations, most students retain their naïve idea that a plant’s mass is mostly derived from the soil, and not from the air. To call students’ attention to this misconception, at the beginning of this lesson we will provide a surprising experimental result so that students will confront their mental mistake. Next, we will help students better envision photosynthesis by modeling where the atoms come from in this important process that produces food for the planet. This lesson can be completed in 50-60 minutes, with the students working on in-class activities during 20-25 minutes of the lesson. Materials needed include red, white and black LEGO bricks (described in downloadable hand-out) or strips of red, white and black paper plus... Show More
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