Grade 11-12: Stacked Ball Drop – A Model Based Approach to Energy (HS-PS3-1)



This unit was taught in a college preparatory class to mostly freshman and sophomores. The units leading up to this were the following: Scientific Methods, Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure and Cell Processes, Mitosis, Ecology (Energy Flow, Biogeochemical process, Biomes). The Unit Objectives and Exam (not provided) were developed in collaboration with the other Biology instructors at the school. The goal of our Triad unit was twofold: 1) to contextualize learning within a relatable phenomenon, 2) to motivate students to understand the complicated processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, while grasping their place in the fabric of life.

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