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Lesson Plan: Aerobic Respiration Biology

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to recall the reactants and products of aerobic respiration and explain the importance of respiration for organisms.


Students will be able to

  • state the word equation for respiration as glucose + oxygen carbon dioxide + water,
  • state the symbol equation for respiration as CHO+OCO+HO6126222,
  • describe the process of cellular respiration as a chemical process continually supplying ATP (a store of energy) to living cells,
  • describe cellular respiration as an exothermic reaction that releases energy in the form of heat,
  • explain that organisms require energy for essential processes like movement, keeping warm, and digestion,
  • recall how cellular respiration differs from the breathing process.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the fact that living organisms require energy,
  • the fact that energy is obtained from food,
  • the fact that oxygen is taken into the body during breathing.


Students will not cover

  • the details of glycolysis, the link reaction, the Krebs cycle, or oxidative phosphorylation.

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