I was struggling to find a written description of cellular respiration that my ELL students and struggling readers could follow. The paragraphs available in textbooks and on-line we just too dense and descriptive for them to get anything out of. So, I created this reading worksheet.
Included is a one-page outline of cellular respiration that starts with getting glucose from food, glycolysis, transition reaction, citric acid cycle, and the electron transport chain. Fermentation is included. Key words are underlined in the text, and numbered/bullet lists make readability a bit easier.
A student worksheet checks simple comprehension, with the fill-in-the-blanks matching the underlined terms in the reading. An answer key is included.
How I used this activity in my classroom: I have given it as an intro activity after their photosynthesis test, and I have used it as homework to review after we did notes by drawing a good diagram of the process. My biology class is a mix of 10th and 11th graders, and currently is 50% ELL.
Please let me know how this activity worked for your students-Thanks!