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Week 1: How biomass is made.

Day 1 Opener From where does the US currently get most of its oil? What are the tar sands? Do we still need to worry about energy supplies? Day 2 Today we will be looking at the carbon cycle as it is now, in the 21 century. What do you predict the differences will be from what we saw yesterday (the carbon cycle before the Industrial Revolution)? Standards B 3.2 B 3.4 B 4.2 Biofuel Objective 1 B 3.2 B 3.4 B 4.2 Biofuel Objective 1 B 3.1 B 3.5 B 4.1 B 4.2 Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Critical Thinking Communication B 3.1 B 3.2 B 3.5
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Day 3 How do plants get their mass (for example, where does the mass of a tree come from)?

Day 4 Please write down three questions you have on making biofuels from biomass.

Day 5 Please describe, in four sentences or less, what you remember about photosynthesis and respiration.

Activities

· Vocabulary Handout · Mad Max video (“Entry Activity”) · Violence/70’s oil embargo article – students read · First part of Carbon Cycle activity (pre-IR) Required

· Second part of Carbon Cycle activity (post-IR) Required · Debriefing & reflection on CC activity (incl. individual journal reflection)

Pretest Introduce Driving Question Form Groups & Create Contracts Group Contracts Discuss origin of plant mass Plant mass video 1 Plant mass video (2) choose Harvard Graduates

· Guest speaker on biomass to biofuels methods Time for group research

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Lab Activity (choice) Time for group research

Exit Question

What is one new thought that you had today – or one new thing that you learned about oil or fuel supplies or the carbon cycle?

What different thoughts about US oil supply or fuel use or types of energy do you have today, compared to yesterday morning before we started talking about these issues?

What is one question that you still have about plant biomass or photosynthesis or carbon movement?

What is one question that you still have about making biofuels from biomass?

In four sentences or less, please describe how the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration contribute to flow of energy through the biosphere.

Assessmen t

Exit Questions

Exit Questions Activity Reflection

Pretest Exit Questions Group Contracts

Exit Questions

Exit Questions

Week 2: How biofuels are made. Day 6 Opener What would be the characteristics of a “good” plant for biofuel production? Day 7 How will you collect the information that you still need to know to answer the Driving Question? Day 8 What happens chemically when something burns? Day 9 Please write down what you learned from yesterday’s lab activity, in three sentences or less, and share that with your group members who did not do that particular activity. Standards Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Critical Thinking Collaboration Guiding Questions on Biofuel Production Group Research (Helpful Links) B 3.5 B 4.2 Biofuel Objective 1 Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Think, Pair, Share Lab Results Complete KWL from Day 6 Group Research B 1.1 B 1.2 Critical Thinking Collaboration Enzyme Lab choice Begin Final Assessment Product (group work) Day 10 Please describe, in four sentences or less, what you remember about enzymes and their activity.

Activities

Know & Want to Know Activity Over Biofuel Production Life Cycle Analysis Activity What information do you still need in order to make a recommendation about using community land to raise crops for biofuel production? Exit Question Life Cycle Analysis

Calorimeter and Candle Labs choice Group Research

Exit Question

How do you feel about your progress so far toward answering the Driving Question?

What is one thing that you now know that you did NOT know when you walked in today?

Now how are you feeling you still need to know?

How does what you learned today about

about your progress? What do enzymes apply to biofuel production?

Assessment

Guiding Questions Exit Question tied to Guiding Question

Candle Lab Calorimeter Lab Exit Question

Exit Question dealing with KWL

Exit Question Enzyme Lab Final Assessment Product

Week 3: Putting It All Together Day 11 Opener What is your outline for your final presentation? Day 12 Please write down your own idea about the answer to the Driving Question, along with three bullet points supporting your answer. Biofuel Objective 1 Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Collaboration Communication Creativity Finish Final Presentation Practice/ Review Presentations Day 13 Please take 5 minutes to QUIETLY confer with your group members about any last minute preparations. Day 14 What is one question you still have for yesterday’s speakers? Day 15 What is one question you still have for yesterday’s speakers?

Standards

Biofuel Objective 1 Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Collaboration Communication Creativity Continue working on final assessment. Provide feedback on outlines via gallery walks. How is your project shaping up? What additional things need to be accomplished?

Biofuel Objective 1 Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Collaboration Communication Creativity Group Presentations

Biofuel Objective 1 Biofuel Objective 2 Biofuel Objective 3 Collaboration Communication Creativity Group Presentations

All Covered Biofuel & Biology Standards

Activities

Finish Presentations Debriefing Group Evaluation

Exit Question

How ready do you feel to answer the Driving Question and present your results?

What is one thing that you now know that you did NOT know when you walked in today?

What is one thing that you now know that you did NOT know when you walked in today? Final Assessment Presentations Exit Questions

No exit question today (post-test given)

Assessment

Exit Question

Exit Questions

Final Assessment Presentations Exit Questions

Final Assessment Presentations Post Tests Teammate Assessment rubric