Using Models to Understand Photosynthesis

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Is your class in the dark about photosynthesis? Shed some sunlight on an important biological process with a thoughtful activity. After answering questions to help determine their level of knowledge, learners work with chemical equations and graphic representations to better understand how photosynthesis creates chemical energy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Place pupils in pairs or small groups to answer questions, then come back together as a class and discuss
  • Use the video links in the teacher's guide to support classwork and fill gaps in understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes students complete the activity after a related resource about ATP and cellular respiration
  • The lesson provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to learn collaboratively and engage in evidence-based discussion
  • Three different models show photosynthesis from every angle
  • A fully-stocked teacher's guide contains video links, handouts, and planning ideas
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