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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.
SNAPs lab activities have five components:
• Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
• Narrative Station to build science literacy
• Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
• Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
• Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning
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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.
Animals' Food and Energy Lab Learning Objectives
1. Explain how food is used by an animal.
2. Create a model that describes how energy in food was once energy from the sun.
3. Use a model to explain how the sun’s energy is transformed and transferred through biochemical processes and feeding relationships.
4. Predict how an animal’s need for food changes when the activities of the animal change.
Science Skills Station
Students will study the energy content in three food sources: carbs, fats and proteins. They will graph the number of Calories in each type of food. Then students will complete an activity to describe how food is used by an animal. Students will use the information in the activity to predict the allocation of food energy in a human’s diet and infer how energy is needed and used in humans with varying activity levels.
Students will watch two videos at this station. In the first video, students will learn about why animals need to eat and how animals use energy and matter in food. Students will also watch an introductory video about food chains and how food chains are models that show the transfer of energy by feeding relationships. If time allows, students will watch a third video about photosynthesis and how plants can capture energy from the sun to make food.
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to animals’ food, why animals eat food and how energy in food was once energy from the sun. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.
Students will create a pictorial model to describe how energy from the sun is transformed and transferred through biochemical processes and feeding relationships. The model will include the sun, a plant and two animals. It will also show how energy is used by the animals.
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 5-LS3-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.
This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key
Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or tablets
Colored pencils, markers and/or crayons
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