Cell Wall Recipe: A Lesson on Biofuels

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Grades: 5-8
Subject: Bioenergy
Summary:

Students will investigate how changes in the DNA sequence that codes for cell wall formation can have a favorable outcome in producing plants that have higher levels of cellulose than the parent plant. The cellulose yield is most important in the production of ethanol: the greater the amount of cellulose within the cell wall, the greater the amount of ethanol that can be produced. To engage students, the first part of this lesson has students participating in a discovery activity where they w
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Curriculum: Life Science
Plan Time:Several class periods, including presentations
Standards:

Science Content Standards: 5-8

CONTENT STANDARD A: Science of Inquiry

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

CONTENT STANDARD C: Life Science

  • Structure and function in living systems
  • Reproduction and heredity
  • Regulation and behavior
  • Populations and ecosystems
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms

CONTENT STANDARD E: Scie
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Materials:

Handouts included; construction paper, scissors, glue, poster board or butcher paper


Owner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory