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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.
Learners 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.
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!
Two sequential parts to this lesson 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!
Students conduct experiments with plants. In this photosynthesis lesson, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Third graders learn new vocabulary words having to do with plants; photosynthesis, chlorophyll, chloroplast, and stomata. In this plant lesson, 3rd graders conduct an experiment to discover what plants need from the environment and earth in order to survive. Students also discover why plants are useful on this earth.
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!
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.