High School Resources

Digestion & Nutrients

What's inside the unit:

  1. Lesson 1: From Soybean to Nutrient (45 Minutes)
  2. Lab 1: The Breakdown of Food Into Nutrients (45 minutes)
  3. Lesson 2: From Nutrient to Animal Health and Body (40 minutes)
  4. Lab 2: The Absorption of Nutrients (90 minutes: Split between two days, needs to sit overnight)
  5. A Case Study on the Power of Protein (45 Minutes)

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Intended Length:

  • Lesson Plan - 90 minutes or two 45 minute class periods
  • Enrichment Lab - 60 minutes

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. List three elements involved in photosynthesis and cellular respiration
  2. Create a model of all molecules in photosynthesis and cellular respiration
  3. Create a diagram showing the relationship of photosynthesis and cellular respiration between plants and animals

Enrichment Lab Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Explain lab observations using an understanding of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  2. Compare inputs and outputs from cellular processes in light and dark lab settings.

Biodiesel - What's the Matter?

Intended Length:

  • Lesson Plan - 45 minute class period
  • Enrichment Lab - Multiple days
    • Day 1: Transesterification - 90 minutes to produce the biodiesel, Settle 2-24 hours
    • Day 2: Separation & washing - 30 minutes, dry for 24-48 hours
    • Day 3: Collection - 20 minutes
    • Day 4: TestingBiodiesel - 45+ minutes

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Create a diagram showing the relationship of photosynthesis and cellular respiration to oil production in a plant
  2. Link the concept of a calorie to both a food and fuel measurment of energy
  3. Model chemical breakdown of a fatty acid and understand the process of transesterification and the role in biodiesel
  4. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using biodiesel as a fuel

Enrichment Lab Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Create biodiesel form soybean based oil
  2. Wash and purify the oil
  3. Test the properties of the oil, mainly calories available as carbon molecules combust, releasing CO2

Analyzing DNA

Intended Length:

  • Lesson Plan - 90 minutes
  • Enrichment Lab - refer to instructions in selected kit

Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles and purpose for laboratory methods used to analyze DNA
  2. Describe the processes for PCR and Gel Electrophoresis

DNA The Genetic Code

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-2-57-48-pmIntended Length:

  • Lesson Plan - 90 minutes or two 45 minute class periods
  • Enrichment Lab - 45 minutes

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Explain where to find DNA in a soybean plant (eukaryote)
  2. List the molecules that make up DNA and describe how the molecules connect to make a strand of DNA
  3. Calculate the size of one gene in comparison to an entire genome

Enrichment Lab Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Separate DNA from the rest of the cell and collect it
  2. Describe the appearance of DNA outside the cell
  3. Relate the location of DNA within a cell to the procedures for extracting it

DNA and Physical Expression

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-3-08-21-pmIntended Length:

  • Lesson Plan – 60 minutes plus a 20 minute reading and evaluation activity (Why Create a
    GMO?) to be completed as homework or in class.
  • Enrichment Lab – 60 minutes plus additional daily observation time.

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship of genes, genotype, phenotype, and physical expression
  2. Relate genes to protein synthesis and proteins to physical expression
  3. Explain what a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is and why humans use GMO technology
  4. Evaluate and discuss articles representing the pros and cons of GMOs

Enrichment Lab Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Utilize Scientific Method to:
    • Ask questions
    • Develop a hypothesis based on background information
    • Write a procedure to test hypothesis and conduct the experiment
    • Collect data
    • Analyze data and draw conclusions
  2. Communicate the effects of the EPSPS gene in soybeans based on evidence from their experiment

Transferring Genetic Material

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-3-08-48-pmIntended Length:

  • Lesson Plan - 90 minutes or two 45 minute class periods
  • Enrichment Lab – See kit or virtual lab suggestions & timelines

Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Communicate how a soybean plant can be genetically modified
  2. List and describe three methods of creating recombinant DNA
  3. Use a model to show the steps of genetic modification in a soybean plant using bacterial transformation
  4. Explain how biological processes use and pass on recombinant DNA from cell to cell and from generation to generation once it is in an organism

Enrichment Lab Objectives: Students will be able to:

1. See kit or virtual lab objectives

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