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Videos, Web Pages, Books, and Peer-Reviewed Articles to Supplement The Power of Sunlight Teacher's Guide



Resource Type Resource Notes
Web Pages
  Watch Leaves Change Color in a Matter of Seconds "Every fall, the leaves of deciduous trees undergo a dramatic color change before forfeiting their newfound hues, fading to brown and dying. The process can take weeks, but Owen Reiser, a mathematics and biology student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, wanted to see the leaves change in a matter of seconds." He created a fantastic time-lapse series of leaves changing color in the fall. This video provides insight on HOW leaves change color, a phenomenon previously not well-understood.
  Avoid misconceptions when teaching about plants Directly addresses fifty known misconceptions about plants in five different categories. Includes numerous misconceptions about photosynthesis; by David R. Hershey.
  Exploring photosynthesis with Fast Plants Leaf disk floatation approach using samples from Fast Plants cotyledons, by Wisconsin Fast Plants.
  The Floating Leaf Disk Assay for Investigating Photosynthesis (A Resource Page) Full procedure with photos and reference list, by Brad Williamson with the Exploring Life Community.
  FT Exploring Science and Technology: Photosynthesis: How Life Keeps Going Readings, diagrams, and photos on topics linked to photosynthesis, by David E. Watson at Flying Turtle.
  Molecular ExpressionsTM Optical Microscopy Primer: Physics of Light and Color Describes the use and optics of light filters, and includes a Java-based interactive tutorial on absorption filters.
  Photosynthesis - the most important process on earth? Interactive lesson and questions based in the GCSE Biology syllabi used in UK. Mousing over the white space will provide answers; by Richard Steane.
  Private Universe Project in Science, Workshop Two: “Why are some ideas so difficult?” Notes on a workshop addressing the question of why so many people have difficulty understanding the central concept of photosynthesis. Includes a video clip about student misconceptions about photosynthesis; by the Annenberg Foundation.
  TIMMS Special Initiative in Problem Solving and Inquiry: Grade 8 Science A problem-solving question related to photosynthesis based on a diagram of an experimental setup. Link to similar questions on light filters also available; by Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study 2003.
  Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Virtual Forest Flash-based interactive lessons and simple quizzes, includes an exploration on photosynthesis.
  Willows and Photosynthesis: Analyzing von Helmont’s Classic Experiment A brief paragraph of von Helmont’s writing along with questions about the experiment; by S.G. Saupe at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University.
  Discovery of Photosynthesis (2:28) Priestly’s & Ingenhouse’s early experiments on photosynthesis, from Discovery Education.
  Photosynthesis (3:20) Lyrics and music by Rhythm, Rhyme and Results
Books & Articles
  The effects of instruction on college nonmajors’ conceptions of respiration and photosynthesis Anderson, C.W., Sheldon, T.H., and J. Dubay. 1990. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 27(8): 761-776.
  Floating spinach disks – an uplifting demonstration of photosynthesis Fox, M., Gaynor, J.J., and J. Shillcock. 1999. Journal of College Science Teaching 28(3): 210-212.
  How students aged 13-15 understand photosynthesis Stavy, R., Eisen, Y., and D. Yaakobi. 1987. International Journal of Science Education 9(1): 105-115.
  In-depth analysis of misconceptions as a basis for developing research-based remedial instruction: The case of photosynthesis Amir, R., and P. Tamir. 1994. The American Biology Teacher 56(2): 94-100.
  Plant Biology Science Projects: Best science projects for young adults Hershey, D.R. 1995. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
  Plants and producers: A case study of elementary science teaching Smith, E., and C. Anderson. 1984. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 21(7): 685-698.
  The Power Plant: Teacher's Guide to Photosynthesis Roth, K. J., and C. Anderson. 1985. East Lansing, MI: Institute for Research on Teaching, Michigan State University.
  Regulation of Chrysanthemum Growth by Spectral Filters Rajaparkse, N.C., and J.W. Kelly. 1992. Journal of American Society of Horticultural Sciences 117(3): 481-485.
  Students' misconceptions about photosynthesis: A cross-age study Wandersee, J.H. 1983. In Helm, H. and J. Novak, eds. Proceedings of the International Seminar on Misconceptions in Science and Mathematics Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.
  Students' understanding of photosynthesis Eisen, Y., and R. Stavy. 1988. The American Biology Teacher 50(4): 208-212.

Teaching and learning about photosynthesis.

Part I: An assessment in terms of students' prior knowledge

Barker, M., and M. Carr. 1989a. International Journal of Science Education 11(1): 49-56.

Teaching and learning about photosynthesis.

Part II: A generative learning strategy

Barker, M., and M. Carr. 1989b. International Journal of Science Education 11(2): 141-152.
  Teaching botany on the sunny side of the tree: Promoting investigative studies of plant ecophysiology through observations and experiments on sun and shade leaves Weyers, J.D.B., Hogland, H-O., and B. McEwen. 1998. Journal of Biological Education 32(3): 181-190.
  Textbook errors and misconceptions in biology: Photosynthesis Storey, R.D. 1989. The American Biology Teacher 51(5): 271-274.

Cellular Respiration

Resource Type Resource Notes
Web Pages
  Cell Respiration: Balloon Blow-Up Instructions for a simple classroom demonstration using a closed container of yeast to blow up a balloon, by the Indianapolis Public Library.

Biology Lessons Part 2: Population Biology.

Lesson 2.1: Producers: How Do Plants Grow?

A quick summary table distinguishing naïve and scientific conceptions about respiration, dormancy, and photosynthesis, by Kathleen Fisher with San Diego State University.
  Cell respiration (CO2 and O2) Outlines an AP-level biology experiment from Advanced Biology with Vernier using Vernier oxygen and carbon dioxide probes, by Vernier Software & Technology.
  Cellular Respiration Teaching resources for this concept, including readings, video, activity, study aids, web links, and assessments. This link leads to the Cellular Respiration section, but the same website has similar pages for photosynthesis, glycolysis, Krebs cycle, and electron transport; by CK-12.
  Cellular Respiration Set of four animations: overview, glycolysis, Krebs cycle, and electron transport. The three core animations have embedded quiz questions; by Jay Phelan with Sumanas, Inc.
  Cellular Respiration Teaching Materials A collection of quizzes, labs, activities, teaching plans, and PowerPoint presentations on cellular respiration, by Amy Brown with Science Stuff
  Inquiry-Based Curriculum Enhancement: Respiration Challenge A set of college-level questions on cellular respiration aiming for a deeper understanding of the processes involved, by the Department of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington
  Lab 4: Respiration & Photosynthesis in Plants Guided lab inquiry using oxygen probes to test hypotheses about cellular respiration & photosynthesis in an aquatic plant. Includes pre-lab and post-lab worksheets; by C. Sheridan with North Seattle Community College.
  Life Science: Session 7; Cell Respiration Provides an overview of cellular respiration, using an experiment with a pitcher plant to illustrate the relationships among light, photosynthesis, and respiration; by the Annenberg Foundation.
  Lord, save me from the Krebs cycle Editorial discussing the challenge of teaching complex biology concepts, by Robert Krulwich.
  Photosynthesis & Respiration Collection of activities, labs, and links on photosynthesis & cellular respiration. Also links to a page on the same site listing National Science Content Standards relevant to these processes; by Nancy Clark.
  Student Inquiry into Cellular Respiration Peer-reviewed, college-level POGIL activity for cellular respiration, by Barbara Fritz with the Mn-SCU-PKAL Partnership.
  ATP & Respiration – Crash Course Biology #7 (13:26) Details the role of ATP, then describes glycolysis, fermentation, Krebs cycle, & electron transport chain; quick index available at the end. Teachers will want to review for length & age appropriateness; by Hank Green with Crash Course!
  “Cell Respiration” – Cellular Respiration Song (4:54) Impressive lesson on cellular respiration presented to the tune of Black Eyed Peas, by Mr. Hsu.
Books/Journal Articles
  Mystery of the toxic flea dip: An interactive approach to teaching aerobic cellular respiration Baines, A.T., McVey, M., Rybarczyk, B., Thompson, J.T., and H.R. Wilkins. 2003. Cell Biology Education 3(1): 62-68.
  Teaching cellular respiration & alternate energy sources with a laboratory exercise developed by a scientist-teacher partnership Briggs, B., Mitton, T., Smith, R., and T. Magnuson. 2009. The American Biology Teacher 71(3): 164-167.
  Cellular Respiration: Death & Destruction with a Side of alpha-ketoglutarate Brucker, W., Schorl, C., Lovato, A., Croteau, S., Veltri, C., Schapira, K., Brucker, B., Packer M., Armstrong, G., Collins, C., Peterson, A., Boakye, C., Paulo, J., Bradley, I., and A. Khoury. 2012. Providence, RI: Brucker Books.
  Effectiveness of conceptual change text-oriented instruction on students’ understanding of cellular respiration concepts Çakir, Ö.S., Geban, Ö., and N. Yürük. 2002. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 30(4): 239-243.
  When are analogies the right tool? A look at the strategic use of analogies in teaching cellular respiration to middle-school students Else, M.J., Ramirez, M.A., and J. Clement. 2002. In: Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (Charlotte, NC, January 10-13, 2002).
  Learning about cellular respiration: An active approach illustrating the process of scientific inquiry Johnson, M. 1998. The American Biology Teacher 60(9): 685-689.
  A study of aboriginal and urban junior high school students’ alternative conceptions on the definition of respiration Kao, H-L. 2007. International Journal of Science Education 29(4): 517-533.
  An inquiry-based approach to teaching photosynthesis & cellular respiration O’Connell, D. 2008. The American Biology Teacher 70(6): 350-356.
  Increasing conceptual understanding of glycolysis & the Krebs cycle using role-play Ross, P.M., Tronson, D.A., and R.J. Ritchie. 2008. The American Biology Teacher 70(3): 163-168.
  The Power Cell: Teacher’s Guide to Respiration Roth, K. J., Anderson, C.W., Hollon, R., and T. Blakeslee. 1985. East Lansing, MI: Institute for Research on Teaching, Michigan State University.
  A case-based approach increases student learning outcomes and comprehension of cellular respiration concepts Rybarczyk, B.J., Baines, A.T., McVey, M., Thompson, J.T., and H. Wilkins. 2007. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 35(3): 181-186.
  Erroneous ideas about respiration: The teacher factor Sanders, M. 1993. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 30(8): 919-934.
  Textbook errors & misconceptions in biology: Cell metabolism Storey, R.D. 1991. The American Biology Teacher 53(6): 339-343.
  High school students’ conceptual evolution of the respiration concept from the perspective of Giere’s cognitive science model Tamayo Alzate, O.E., and N. Sanmarti Puig. 2007. International Journal of Science Education 29(2): 215-248.