Nitrogen cycle teaching resources

Worksheets and lesson ideas to challenge students aged 11 to 16 to think hard about the nitrogen cycle (GCSE and Key Stage 3)

Active transport and nitrogen cycle in waterlogged soildsGCSE activity on active transport in waterlogged soil and the nitrogen cycle. Students think through the problem of why plants grown in waterlogged soil show nitrate deficiency. They apply their knowledge to figure out that water displaces oxygen from the soil. As such, aerobic respiration cannot take place, which means no ATP is available for active transport. This problem also links to the concepts of leaching and denitrification. This is a great thinking problem as it links together many important concepts in biology. This activity can be extended by asking students to come up with a way to determine which of the three factors that cause nitrate deficiency is most important. (PDF)

  1. Carbon cycle
  2. Ecological terms
  3. Food chains
  4. Habitats
  5. Nitrogen cycle
  6. Sampling techniques and fieldwork