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Cellular Respiration Station Activity

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Looking to make cellular respiration feel a little more exciting and tangible for students? I created this station activity to help bring the process of respiration to life and not focus on the biochemistry behind it. (If you are looking for your students to take a deeper dive into the biochemistry of glycolysis, the Krebs cycle, and the electron transport chain, this is not the product for you).

In this station lab, students will rotate through 10 stations and learn about big picture concepts relating to cellular respiration. This lab is 16 pages and non-editable. See description below of each station and required materials.

Station 1: Students will write out the overall formula for cellular respiration and identify parts on a diagram. No materials are required.

Station 2: Students will watch a video clip on high altitude training. Computer with internet access required.

Station 3: Students will read about lactic acid and fermentation. No materials are required.

Station 4: Students will complete a respiration concept map. No materials are required.

Station 5: Students will read about the 1980's Tylenol killer. No materials are required.

Station 6: Students will compare the rate of respiration in crickets at different ambient temperatures. No materials are required.

Station 7: Students will observe respiration in yeast. Materials needed include: flask, warm water, yeast packet, sugar, and a latex balloon.

Station 8: Students will see what happens to a bromothymol blue+ water solution when they blow into it through a straw. Materials needed include: beaker, water, bromothymol blue, a stopwatch, and disposable straws.

Station 9: Students will analyze a mitochondrion image and identify the need for extra membranes within the organelle. No materials are required.

Station 10: Students will identify which cell types require high amounts of mitochondria. No materials are required.

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