Photosynthesis and Respiration

View how autotrophs and heterotrophs use the energy of the sun to form the energy their cells need, ATP. Learners watch an informative video that details the processes of photosynthesis, learning where it occurs, what molecules are involved, and the final products. They then walk through the detailed process of respiration. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Preview the video to find places to pause, ask questions, and discuss
Classroom Considerations

  • Classroom needs a computer, Internet access, and a projection system to view the video
  • Assumes learners have some knowledge about photosynthesis and respiration and vocabulary involved in both processes
  • Part 30 in a series of 37
Pros

  • Includes links to a concept map, slideshow, and two review worksheets
  • Contains a beautiful and effective image of photosynthesis happening around the world
  • References other videos focusing solely on photosynthesis and another video focusing solely on respiration; these are perfect to show if this video moves too quickly
Cons

  • Video contains a wealth of information, which may overwhelm some learners
Common Core