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Cycling of Matter and Flow of Energy Middle School Science Unit

cycling of matter

Need a little help covering the cycling of matter and flow of energy in your middle school science class?

This resource provides great background information and reading passages on the nitrogen cycle, the carbon cycle and the oxygen cycle. Students will make a model to show the cycling of matter. This resource is designed to address both MS NGSS and a similar Utah SEEd standard.

NGSS LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

Utah SEEd 6.4.3

Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

This is a close reading resource on the Nitrogen Cycle, the Carbon Cycle and the Oxygen Cycle.  Students will read passages and answer comprehension questions. This resource includes interactive notebook inserts and a quiz in the format of end-of-year testing.  

This unit will save you tons of prep time and will keep your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade science students engaged!

the carbon cycle foldable

If you use the suggested schedule that I’ve included, this unit will cover six days worth of lessons.

reading passage on the nitrogen cycle

This resource provides great background information and reading passages on the nitrogen cycle, the carbon cycle and the oxygen cycle.

vocabulary foldable

This resource includes reading passages with comprehension questions, interactive notebook inserts, a quiz, and activities to create models to show the cycling of matter.

carbon cycle and oxygen cycle

This is a close reading resource on the Nitrogen Cycle, the Carbon Cycle and the Oxygen Cycle. Students will read passages and answer comprehension questions.

This is a standards-aligned resource designed to cover NGSS LS2-3 and Utah SEEd 6.4.3.

NGSS LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

Utah SEEd 6.4.3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

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Just love the way the author really ties to the standard and has it so well planned out. This is a rich standards based unit. Just what I have come to expect from this author.

Tina S.

I used this resource in my Forestry class to introduce energy cycles. I utilized it as a jigsaw where one student became an “expert” on a specific cycle and then taught the peers in their group about that energy cycle. It was fabulous and was the perfect level for all of my students.

Hannah W.

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
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Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
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Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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