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Algae Bead Photosynthesis Kit (with perishable)

Item # 206100P Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Produce a refined model of photosynthesis that includes the role light wavelengths play in the photosynthesis process.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 3 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.
  • Kit includes perishable materials for immediate use.



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Students learn how to make their own algae beads and get hands-on experience developing a model and testing a hypothesis. They begin by learning about the relationship between wavelength of light and the rate of photosynthesis. From there, student groups form hypotheses about how different-colored light filters affect photosynthesis rate. Finally, they test their hypotheses using colored filters, their algae beads, and a bicarbonate indicator solution.

Time Requirement
Teacher prep, approximately 2 class periods. Pre-lab, investigation, and assessment, 4 class periods.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations

Crosscutting Concepts
Energy and Matter

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the components of a model illustrating that photosynthesis transforms light energy into chemical energy by converting carbon dioxide plus water into sugars and oxygen.

  • Synthesize observations from multiple investigations to predict the relationship between specific wavelengths of light and photosynthetic efficiency in algae.
  • Determine the accuracy of their predictions when analyzing experimental results.
  • Use collected data to show that carbon dioxide is a reactant in photosynthesis and a product in cellular respiration, and that algae perform both processes.
  • Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
    Students should know the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration. They should also be familiar with pH.

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    • This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items.

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    Components Qty Included?
    Concentrated Chlorella Culture  1 Included
    Sodium Alginate Powder, 2 g 1 Included
    Calcium Chloride, 20 g 1 Included
    Glass Culture Tubes with Caps, 13 x 100 mm 48 Included
    Color Filters, Set of 5 2 Included
    Diffraction Gratings 36 Included
    Pipets, 3 mL 100 Included
    Medicine Cups, 1 oz 10 Included
    Coffee Filters 100 Included
    Bicarbonate Indicator Solution, 30-mL Vial 5 Included
    Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
    Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
    Large Flask for Culturing Algae, 1,000 mL 1 Needed, Not Included
    Springwater, 1 L 1 Needed, Not Included
    Scissors 1 Needed, Not Included
    Fluorescent or Grow Lamp 1 Needed, Not Included
    Aluminum Foil Needed, Not Included
    Colored Pencils or Crayons 10 Needed, Not Included
    Distilled Water Needed, Not Included
    Funnels 5 Needed, Not Included
    Glass Beakers, 100 mL 10 Needed, Not Included
    Plastic Spoons 10 Needed, Not Included
    Hot Plate/Stirrer 1 Needed, Not Included
    Laboratory Scoop 1 Needed, Not Included
    Labeling Tape Needed, Not Included
    Volumetric Flasks, 100 mL (optional) 10 Optional, Not Included
    Boric Acid, 12.4 g (optional) 1 Needed, Not Included
    Sodium Borate, 9.5 g (optional) 1 Needed, Not Included
    Spectrophotometer (optional) 1 Needed, Not Included
    Aquarium Bubbler (optional) 1 Needed, Not Included
    Document Camera or Overhead Projector Needed, Not Included