Teaching the Kid: Photosynthesis and Respiration

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Cellular respiration is the process of breaking down food molecules to obtain energy and store it in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules.

Plant cells, after creating sugar molecules through photosynthesis, undergo cellular respiration to create ATP molecules.

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Students evaluate whether the little brown grains of yeast obtained from the grocery store are alive by testing for metabolism and growth.

For kids, a simpler definition―something like 'it's the process by which plants capture sunlight and use it to convert carbon dioxide and water into food'―will serve the purpose.



Photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert carbon dioxide into their food, by using the energy derived from the Sun.

Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis – Important Concepts, Common Misconceptions, and Learning Activities (revised 11/2017)


The simple story of photosynthesis and cellular respiration

In the first case, oxygen is released as a by-product, and in the second, carbon dioxide is released as a by-product.

In plants, photosynthesis only occurs in the presence of light, but respiration occurs day in and day out.

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Plants, being the only producers, have a crucial role to play in any food chain.

Photosynthesis is vital to facilitate the process of respiration in both, humans and animals, as our oxygen requirements are fulfilled by the oxygen which is produced during this process.

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Photosynthesis is the first stage of energy flow through an ecosystem. You and all other animals on earth rely on the energy that plants store for life. But animals aren’t the only organisms that burn energy. Plants burn energy as they grow, too. In both plants and animals, the process of — which releases stored energy for use — occurs in the mitochondria inside each cell.

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Only plants can photosynthesize, but both plants and animals depend on respiration to release the chemical potential energy originally captured through photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis and Respiration.

It’s a very clever process don’t you think? What that means for us, is that we really need to be careful about protecting all plants and growing plants on earth, so that we’ll always have enough oxygen to breathe. We couldn’t live if we didn’t get oxygen from plants. So give a big cheer for plants big and small.

Easy Science for Kids Photosynthesis: How Plants Make Food and Energy

This overview presents key concepts that students often do not learn from standard textbook presentations and suggests a sequence of learning activities to help students understand how the parts of a cell work together to accomplish the multiple functions of a dynamic living cell. Suggested activities also reinforce student understanding of the relationships between molecules, organelles and cells, the diversity of cell structure and function, and the importance and limitations of diffusion. This overview provides links to web resources, hands-on activities, and discussion activities.