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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Photosynthesis, Trees, and the Greenhouse Effect     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students study photosynthesis and then then transfer their understanding of this topic to a consideration of how trees can help reduce the negative impacts of the greenhouse effect. They read a Web page describing the greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide's role as a greenhouse gas, and the role of humans in exacerbating this effect. Students also browse the Web site of an organization that sponsors tree planting programs and consider how these programs might help reduce or slow down the increase of the greenhouse effect. They conclude by writing paragraphs telling younger kids about the benefits of trees and plants.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather and Agriculture     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They pretend that they've just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms succeed.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Photosynthesis: Light Reactions and Photophosphorylation
https://www.khanacad...
KHAN Academy light reactions within a thylakoid of a plant cell. The video includes the excited electron releasing energy throughout the membrane to generate ATP and NADPH.

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Chloroplasts and Pigments
http://www.ucmp.berk...
This page, part of the University of California at Berkeley's Photosynthesis web site, features information about plant cells and the photosynthesis process. This resource is referenced in the Science NetLinks lesson titled "Urban Ecosystems 4: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems."

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Educational Resources on Photosynthesis for Teachers and Students
http://photoscience....
This web page, from Arizona State University, features an extensive list of links to resources that discuss photosynthesis at varying degrees of complexity.

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Cell Membrane Channels
http://phet.colorado...
Insert channels in a membrane and see what happens. See how different types of channels allow particles to move through the membrane.

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ATP Molecule
http://waynesword.pa...
Diagram of a ATP molecule.

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ATP Molecule
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Diagram of a ATP molecule.

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