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Astro-Venture Biology Training

Biology is broken down into 7 parts and an introduction section. Each is available in a separate PDF file that can be downloaded, printed and duplicated. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these files.

Overview
Introduction | PDF (902kb)
Lesson 1 | PDF (2.3mb)
Lesson 2 | PDF (2.2mb)
Lesson 3 | PDF (2.2mb)
Lesson 4 | PDF (2.5mb)
Lesson 5 | PDF (3.2mb)
Lesson 6 | PDF (2.3mb)
Lesson 7 | PDF (5.3mb)

 

Astro-Venture Biology Training Unit Overview
The Astro-Venture Biology Lessons have been developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the purpose of increasing students' awareness of and interest in astrobiology and the many career opportunities that utilize science, math and technology skills. The lessons are designed for educators to use with students in grades 5-8 in conjunction with the Astro-Venture multimedia modules on the Astro-Venture Web site.
Biology Introduction
The Biology unit, objectives, standards, lesson structure and rubrics are explained in detail in the following document.
Astro-Venture Biology Introduction PDF (902kb)
Lesson 1: Biology Training Module
Students review the basic requirements for human survival. Using an online, multimedia module, they make changes to the ecosystem and draw conclusions about the biologic conditions that are necessary for human survival.
Astro-Venture Biology Lesson 1: Biology Training Module PDF (2.3mb)
Lesson 2: The Importance of Food
Students explore the breakdown of food into chemical components used for various purposes in the body.
Astro-Venture Biology Lesson 2: The Importance of Food PDF (2.2mb)
Lesson 3: Producers Make Their Own Food
Students explore the process of photosynthesis and draw conclusions about the important role producers play in the flow of energy.
Astro-Venture Biology Lesson 3: Producers Make Their Own Food PDF (2.2mb)
Lesson 4: Consumers Get Energy From Other Living Things
Students explore how animals obtain and store energy, and draw conclusions about the interconnectedness of living things in the flow of energy.
Astro-Venture Biology Lesson 4: Consumers Get Energy From Other Living Things PDF (2.5mb)
Lesson 5: Decomposers Get Energy From Dead Things
Students explore the process of decomposition and draw conclusions about the important role decomposers play in the flow of energy.
Astro-Venture Biology Lesson 5: Decomposers Get Energy From Dead Things PDF (3.2mb)
Lesson 6: The Cycle of Matter
Students trace the path that atoms take as they change form and move throughout the cycle of matter and compare this to the flow of energy.
Astro-Venture Biology Lesson 6: The Cycle of Matter PDF (2.3mb)
Lesson 7: Biology Conclusion: Summarizing Learning
Students will incorporate all the concepts learned in previous lessons.
Astro-Venture Biology Lesson 7: Biology Conclusion: Summarizing Learning PDF (5.3mb)

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