Photosynthesis

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Our Photosynthesis Lesson Plan engages students in the process plants use to make food.  This interactive lesson prepares students to define photosynthesis and develops their ability to diagram as they visually represent the process of photosynthesis.  Generalize understanding as students consider that plants are the source of all food, but how then do the plants eat?

Photosynthesis Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Photosynthesis.
  • Photosynthesis Coloring Page
  • Photosynthesis Practice Worksheet
  • Photosynthesis Chart Labeling Homework
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Our Photosynthesis Lesson Plan engages students in the process plants use to make food.  This interactive lesson prepares students to define photosynthesis and develops their ability to diagram as they visually represent the process of photosynthesis.  Generalize understanding as students consider that plants are the source of all food, but how then do the plants eat?

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Distribute a small piece of candy or other small item for students to eat. Make a point to drop the piece of candy into the soil of a plant. Ask students: Can I feed a plant like this?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Say: Plants are living organisms just like people, but they do not have a mouth to eat food. Ask: What is the difference between how a plant gets food and how people and animals get food?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to people make their own food in ovens, etc.; but all food comes from plants.
  5. Ask: How do you think plants make their food?
  6. Allow for responses and discussion leading to the introduction of Photosynthesis.
  7. Distribute the Photosynthesis content pages.
    Read and review the information with the students, focusing on the diagram and the steps in the process. (Use videos or other resources for enhancement.)
  8. Distribute the Activity page. Give students time to color the page. When complete ask students to use the picture to explain in their own words how plants make their own food and other results of the process.
  9. Distribute the Practice page. Check and review the information with the students. You may wish to do the practice page as a class to check for student understanding.
  10. Distribute the Homework page. Tell students to try and fill in the boxes without looking at the content page. Check and review the information with the students.
    (continued)

Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Science