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Looking for a way to engage your kinesthetic learners and visual learners? Think that the seeing the connections between glycolysis and cell respiration might be a topic that your student would rather avoid? Cell respiration, electron transport chains, Kreb cycle and the complete breakdown of glucose a topic that you or your students dread?
Study of cell respiration is an integral part of any biology class. Electron Transport Chains can be a complex topic, but they are also essential for understanding how photosynthesis and cellular respiration work. The structure of the mitochondria and where the different chemical reactions take place can be easy to visualize and understand with the right tools. Having the students get up, move around, collaborate together, think critically, and be creative can engage most students no matter what the level of ability.
Mind Mapping can boost engagement, long term retention of material, and help students see the connections between process and outcome. The use of Mind Maps helps students see the connection between the words and process. They help to use the whole brain and not segregate knowledge.
By the end of this activity, the student should be able to demonstrate (a) that knowledge of names of the different phases of the complete breakdown of glucose, (b) verbally, visually, and in writing the differences between location and names of cell respiration, (c) describe visually and in writing where each of the reactants and products are used/created in the mitochondria, (d) the ability to organize the reactants and products of cell respiration, and (e) that the parts of the cell respiration are interactive with / dependent upon each other.
Included in this activity are answer keys, tips for formative assessment, tips how to address common misconceptions, and a finished sample diagram for guidance.
At least 20-30 minutes total in order to give instructions, perform mapping activity, provide closing/summary statements, and answer follow-up questions. Follow-up questions can be given for homework or in class discussion.
ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES NEEDED (for set up): Paper and Scissors
This file contains the following:
5 page PDF of Structures with size recommendations to be printed out
7 page label and arrow diagrams scaled to appropriate size.
1 page Finished Diagram - usable for demonstration or guidance if students get stuck
9 page Teacher Notes for planning, recommendations for printing, implementation, alignment with standards, and suggestions for differentiation (from Middle School to AP Biology)
2 page Guided Question Handout for Students after activity with Answer Key
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