A Leaf in Time - A Popular Introduction to Photosynthesis

Reaction: photosynthesis of Canadian pondweed (Elodea) Introduction- what is photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis: Science Lesson: Activity 1 of 3 | TV411

Students demonstrate their knowledge of photosynthesis by creating a new verse for the song “You are my Sunshine.” Students will work as a team of 4 students, but each student must create their own verse. Students must include correct information about photosynthesis and incorporate as many key words as possible. It is recommended that students have a time limit, approximately 25 minutes to develop their verse independently. Students will then gather as a group and share their verse with the other students. The groups will need approximately 20 minutes to fit the verses together to form a completed song. The song can then be performed in front of the other groups for an enjoyable musical learning activity about photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis: Science Lesson: Activity 1 of 3

Direct students to complete the reading (Introduction to Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis) prior to carrying out the exercises and answering questions.

The student inquiry lesson is found in the student section of WOW under the title: "." Students may want to print directions for the activity. They will either need to read the "Introduction to Photosyntheis and Respiration" on the web, or get a printed copy of that as well.


Interactive Photosynthesis Activity This kid ..

This is a series of 3 activities that teaches middle school students the basics of photosynthesis. These activities can also be modified to fit other grade levels if needed.

Activity A: Photosynthesis • If necessary

This collaborative activity allows students to work in groups to demonstrate their prior knowledge on plants and photosynthesis. Students will work in groups of 3-4 to make a concept map using Post-It notes or note cards on chart paper. Students will begin this activity by brainstorming words or concepts about plants. Students will write each word or concept on each Post-It note. Students are encouraged to draw a picture on the Post-It note to represent each word. Students will then arrange the Post-It notes on chart paper and draw lines to show the relationship between all of the words. Students may also include connecting words along the linking lines to clarify the connection. Connecting words may include words like requires, produces, absorbs, reflects, etc. When the groups have completed their concept maps, they will place them around the perimeter of the classroom in preparation for the gallery walk.