You Are My Sunshine

Finally, a photosynthesis activity that outshines the rest! Young biologists perform an experiment that allows them to observe photosynthesis through the production of oxygen. The lesson, part of the K20 series, also includes a study of carbon and new technologies based upon photosynthesis.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson to bring your photosynthesis unit full circle
  • Take advantage of prompts throughout the teacher's guide to pause and check for understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Divide the class into five groups for the Extend portion of the activity
  • Minimize cost by showing a video of sunflowers moving to follow the sun rather than purchasing solar toys
  • The Two-Minute Documentary is a fun, creative way to assess learning from the lab
  • Articles used in the lesson are excellent for reinforcing scientific reading comprehension skills
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