Collaborative Lab Experiments

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Middle schoolers use elodea to determine the rate of photosynthesis. In groups of three, young scientists compare rates in three different locations, and sharing data through a Google spreadsheet. Finally, they come up with their own experiments for photosynthesis.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson in a flipped classroom activity by assigning parts of the digital collaboration to groups for homework
Classroom Considerations

  • Each person needs a Google account
  • The lesson best fits into a unit about plants and photosynthesis
Pros

  • Hands-on experiment engages middle schoolers
  • Familiarizes learners with spreadsheets
  • Encourages group collaboration and 21st century skills
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS