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Below is a sample breakdown of the Metabolic Biochemistry chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Cellular Respiration: Energy Transfer in Cells; |
Redox Reactions and Electron Carriers in Cellular Respiration: Definitions and Examples;
Glycolysis Pathway: Steps, Products and Importance
| How cellular respiration transforms food into energy; |
The role of electron carriers;
The steps involved in transforming food and air into usable energy
|Tuesday|| The Citric Acid (Krebs) Cycle: Products and Steps; |
The Electron Transport Chain: Products and Steps;
Lactic Acid and Alcoholic Fermentation: Comparison, Contrast and Examples
| The eight chemical reactions of the Krebs cycle; |
The processes of the electron transport chain;
An exploration of these fermentation processes
|Wednesday||Chlorophyll: Absorbing Light Energy for Photosynthesis||How plants create their own food from sunshine|
|Thursday||Photolysis and the Light Reactions: Definitions, Steps, Recants and Products||The two phases of photosynthesis and the two kinds of photosystems|
|Friday||Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: The Calvin-Benson Cycle||A look at how glucose is created through the Calvin-Benson cycle|
1. Cellular Respiration: Energy Transfer in Cells
Watch this short video to learn the basics about converting organic compounds into ATP, also known as cellular respiration. We'll look at an overview of the process.
2. Redox Reactions & Electron Carriers in Cellular Respiration: Definitions and Examples
Redox reactions play an important role in cellular respiration. In this lesson, you will see how NAD and FAD are used as electron carriers to temporarily store energy during cellular respiration.
3. Glycolysis Pathway: Steps, Products & Importance
Cellular respiration creates chemical energy in the form of ATP from the food we eat and the air we breathe. In this lesson, we'll learn about the first part of this process, glycolysis.
4. The Citric Acid (Krebs) Cycle: Products and Steps
In this lesson, we return to the process of cellular respiration for the second act of creating energy from food. In this act, products from glycolysis feed into the next stage, the citric acid cycle.
5. The Electron Transport Chain: Products and Steps
In this lesson, we'll learn about the finale of cellular respiration. The electron transport chain uses products from the first two acts of glycolysis and the citric acid cycle to complete the chemical reaction that turns our food into usable cellular energy.
6. Lactic Acid & Alcoholic Fermentation: Comparison, Contrast & Examples
When in an anaerobic environment, some cells can use glycolysis and fermentation to keep producing ATP. Lactic acid fermentation happens in our muscle cells when we are exercising feverishly, while alcoholic fermentation is used in yeast cells and is what leads to beer, bread, and wine.
7. Chlorophyll: Absorbing Light Energy for Photosynthesis
Plants are clean, green, photosynthesizing machines. Using a specialized pigment called chlorophyll, plants are able to soak up energy from the sun and turn it into food. In this lesson, we'll start to learn why chlorophyll literally gets excited about a sunny day!
8. Photolysis and the Light Reactions: Definitions, Steps, Reactants & Products
In this lesson, we'll learn how electrons get excited during the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis, jumping off photosystem reaction centers like they were trampolines! In addition, we'll learn how the splitting of water creates reactants for this part of photosynthesis while creating a little fresh air for us.
9. Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: The Calvin-Benson Cycle
Photosynthesis starts out using the energy from sunlight to get things started, but it ends with the dark reactions, which don't need sunshine to complete sugar production. In the Calvin cycle, ATP and NADPH from the light reactions are used to produce sugars.
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