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Question Set: What are Aquatic Plants and Algae

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

  1. Make a list of differences between algae and aquatic plants.
     
  2. What is an autotroph? Define the term using your own words.
     
  3. Explain the importance of autotrophs in the flow of energy and matter through living organisms.
     
  4. Photosynthesis and cellular respiration
    1. Write your own definitions for photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
    2. What starting materials are needed for photosynthesis to occur?
    3. What are the products of photosynthesis?
       
  5. The first photosynthetic autotrophs evolved on Earth around 3 billion years ago.
    1. How did these prokaryotic algae cause the planet’s atmosphere to change?
    2. What were the effects of this new atmosphere on the evolution of life on Earth?
Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.