Photosynthesis Teacher Resources

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Budding biologists often ask how scientists know what they do about different topics. In the lab described here, they have a chance to find out first-hand about the requirements for photosynthesis. Three sequential investigations are included to test the roles chlorophyll, light, and carbon dioxide play in the process of plants creating starch. In the analysis questions following the experiments, teens also think about the role of water in photosynthesis. 
You can teach students about the importance of plants and the process of photosynthesis with motivating lesson plans. Follow along and find out how one science teacher uses experiments, stories, and her love of plants to get kids excited about photosynthesis.
Obtain a basic understanding of photosynthesis at a chemical level. The steps involved are introduced and simplified, but they are still difficult to understand. I suggest using this resource to supplement a lecture. An overview is given of the 2 main stages; light dependent and light independent. For more details, students should watch the whole photosynthesis series.
Comparisons between c3 and c4 photosynthesis begin this video. Next, the mechanism of CO2 being incorporated into a 4-carbon compound is explained. This is an involved topic which can be very complicated. It should be an excellent tool for enhancing student comprehension.
This is the 4th video about photosynthesis. It concentrates on the Calvin cycle which is part of the light-independent reaction stage. The chemical chains for the Calvin Cycle are drawn out on Sal's Smart Board. The process is thoroughly covered to show how the cycle functions.
Students conduct a variety of experiments on photosynthesis. In this biology instructional activity, students identify the factors required for the process to occur. They perform computerized experiments to test the amount of oxygen produced when plants are exposed to different light sources.
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.
Students observe the production of gas as an effect of photosynthesis. In this biology lesson, students perform an experiment with pondweed and make measurements and predictions about photosynthesis and the plant.
This relatively short PowerPoint contains all of the information necessary to give a clear summary of Photosynthesis. There are a few illustrations and clear descriptions of each stage of the main reactions.
Seventh graders investigate a multidisciplinary unit with an emphasis in using technology in order to engage them. The students perform Internet research about photosynthesis with a written assessment taken from the WebQuest.
If you are looking for a simple quiz that delves deeper into the photosynthesis process, you found it! Fill in the blanks, graph and diagram interpretation, multiple choice, true/false, and short answer are all included in this four-page assessment
This four-page handout would work great as a reading guide or note-taking resource for teens learning about ATP, photosynthesis, the key scientists in the realm of photosynthesis, and more. It is designed to accompany a certain textbook, but should fit well with most resources that comprehensively cover this topic. 
Students play the role of different molecules involved in photosynthesis. For this biology lesson, students balance the equation by adding the appropriate coefficients and subscripts.  They summarize the entire photosynthesis process.
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.
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.
Students recognize the importance of plants as they perform an experiment involving photosynthesis. Students determine the optimum wavelength of light for photosynthesis by exposing plants to different colors of light, collecting data, creating a graph from the data, and comparing results among groups.
Students use an on line website to simulate the effects of light intensity and wavelength on photosynthesis. For this photosynthesis lesson plan, students determine how wavelength of light and intensity of light affect the rate at which photosynthesis takes place. Students monitor the amount of ATP produced and create two graphs using the link, Create a Graph or a spreadsheet. They write their conclusion about the effects of these two variables.
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.
Students study photosynthesis and then transfer their understanding of this topic to a consideration of how trees can help reduce the negative impacts of the greenhouse effect. They explain the role of humans in increasing the greenhouse effect.
Students explore how scientists discover photosynthesis. In this biology lesson, students identify the basic requirements for photosynthesis to happen. They recreate past scientists' experiments and record their observations.