Kimchi Lab, Articles, & Lesson Plan: 6-8 [cellular respiration + fermentation]

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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This material supplements our engaging Science Behind video about Kimchi where we explore the science of aerobic and anaerobic respiration (fermentation) through fermented cabbage, or kimchi.

Students will learn about the stages of cellular aerobic respiration and anaerobic lactic acid fermentation by making a traditional Korean food, kimchi. The science in this unit is geared towards a middle school understanding of the topic.

NOTE: You do not have to do the lab. Students can still learn a lot by watching the video and completing the supplemental materials.

This Packet Includes:

  • Teacher Lesson Plan with NGSS standards
  • “The Science Behind” Video & Worksheet (with Answer Keys)
  • Step-by-Step Lab Directions (written and video) with Student Handouts
  • In depth articles written by the Bite Scized team on the history of kimchi, an exploration into the science, and current research on kimchi with comprehension and application questions
  • Classroom Slides
  • Bonus Lab!
Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living cells, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.


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