Chloroplast Teacher Resources
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New! The Simple Story of Photosynthesis and Food
Meet adorable animated chloroplasts as they, with the help of the sun, produce glucose. In this four-minute feature, viewers learn how carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and electrons are combined to form carbohydrates. The narrator also explains how glucose is broken down in our bodies into ATP, which we use as energy. After the video, your class can discuss the accompanying Think questions as a review.
Students study chloroplasts, their structure and evolution. In this photosynthesis lesson students experiment with polarized light and the production of chlorophyll.
Photosynthesis, Respiration, and the ATP-ADP Cycle
Students explore the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. In this photosynthesis and respiration lesson plan, students learn about the role of the chloroplasts in photosynthesis and about the role of mitochondria in respiration by constructing and labeling each. They also explore the chemical interaction of ADP and ATP using models an a game.
Science: Pigments and Photosynthesis
Pupils explore the process of photosynthesis by identifying chloroplasts and chlorophyll pigments. In a demonstration, they observe a demonstration connecting pigments with sunlight conversion into energy. Using paper chromatography, students discover the variety of pigments found in plants.
Photosynthesis 101! You'll find four activities, pre tests, post tests, full color handouts, and hardcore scientific information to help you tech a photosynthesis. Use the resource to guide your teaching or just use the great handouts, it's a win/win either way.
Cell Structures and Their Functions
Life science learners investigate live cells. They examine wet mount slides of cyanobacteria and Elodea plants. They peer into the dynamic microscopic world of protists. Afterward, they construct a model of a cell, including rudimentary structures: cell membrane, nucleus, chloroplast, cell wall, mitochondria, vacuole, and possibly flagella or cilia. Bonus activities include causing plasmolysis in plant cell, and separating plant pigments via chromatography. This is an A+ resource!
The Absorption of Solar Energy
Two sequential parts to this instructional activity introduce your class to the electromagnetic spectrum, the ability to absorb radiant energy, and the pigments in leaves that are responsible for collecting sunlight to be used in the photosynthetic process. Each part includes background reading, a hands-on inquiry activity, and critical thinking questions to answer. If you have been teaching science for a while, the activities will be familiar to you, but the detailed explanations and student resources are a tremendous bonus!
Photosynthesis Review Sheet
In this photosynthesis review sheet, students answer 31 questions about the stages of photosynthesis and the process of capturing light by a plant from the sun and turning it into stored chemical energy. Students discuss the light dependent and light independent reactions of photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis: Light Reactions 1
This clip picks up right where the Khan Academy's Photosynthesis video left off. Chemicals such as hydrogen and compounds such as NADPH are reviewed along with details such as the stroma, thylakoid, lumen, and grana. See the parts of a chloroplast and how it functions to produce energy. The Photosynthesis: Calvin Cycle video takes a look then at the "dark reactions" or light independent reactions.
Photosynthesis: Light Reactions and Photophosphorylation
Because photosynthesis is such a complicated process, this video covers the same material as the previous video (light dependent reactions) but presents it with a clearer diagram and with further explanation.
Students conduct experiments with plants. In this photosynthesis lesson plan, students examine plants under different types of lights. They calculate the amount of dissolved ocygen concentration and compare it to the formula for photosynthesis. Students create a graph of their data.
The Euglena and Spirogyra
In this Euglena and Spirogyra worksheet, students read about these two Protozoans and they answer fourteen questions about their specified structures and functions. They color a diagram of Euglena and Spirogyra and label their parts.
Beat a Leaf
A simple, yet effective classroom activity is described in this resource on leaves and how they grow. The activity should lead pupils to discover how plants make their own food and what they need to survive. In the activity, they create imprints of leaves as an art project. Very good!
Photosynthesis: Using the Sun to Make Food
In this photosynthesis worksheet, students learn how plants use the sun to convert energy into food. They then answer 10 questions using the information they just read. The answers are on the last page.
Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
In this plant and animal cell instructional activity, students create a Venn diagram to compare the structures of plant and animal cells. They answer five questions using the diagram they made.
Tour of the Cell 2
As your class views each slide, they will be introduced to the organelles and structure of the cell. Details about structure and function are given and also some trivia about their frequency and population. There is also some information about potential related problems. A wonderful introduction to cell structure.
Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) Separation of Plant Pigments - Chlorophyll, Carotene
Learners use TLC separations to identify various substances. In this chlorophyll lesson plan students separate pigments found in different plants.
Plant and Animal Cells
Sixth graders watch the UnitedStreaming video "The Science of Life: The Living Cell." They take a quiz on the information, then draw and label plant and animal cells. Students use a Venn diagram to compare/contrast the two types of cells. Students construct and label models of plant and animal cells.
Leaves and Photosynthesis
In this science instructional activity, students read detailed information about green plants and the photosynthesis process. In this fill in the blank and true and false instructional activity, students answer twelve questions.
The Effects of Osmotic Balance and Imbalance In Living Cells
Students investigate osmotic balance in living cells. In this osmotic balance lesson plan, students use elodea leaves to study the effects of salt solutions on the cell. They compare the changes in an elodea leaf with salt water on it to one with water on it. They draw diagrams of each and answer 5 questions about their results.