Teaching Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration in Tandem

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Rather than teaching photosynthesis and cellular respiration as individual topics, present them as a combined concept. Young scholars use websites to research and answer questions before organizing a concept map. The second day is much like the first with additional concepts. On the final day, the concepts are combined to grant greater understanding of the topics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have students come up with two more words to add to their concept maps
Classroom Considerations
  • Teacher should create synthesizing activities to follow this lesson
  • Lesson best fits as an introduction to a unit on photosynthesis
  • Includes example concept map for both sets combined
  • This lesson will work in a flipped classroom, as individual work, or in small groups
  • Lesson is only an introduction and subject will require follow-up lessons to ensure student understanding