Photosynthesis Lesson Plans

  • Lecture
    Conservation of Matter Notes
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    This PowerPoint introduces students to balancing a chemical reaction using photosynthesis as an example.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Lecture
    Bioenergetics Mass Questions
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    This PowerPoint is a great introduction to get students thinking about where the atoms come from to build a plant and to build a human.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Lab Experiment
    Plant Growth Solutions Lab
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    Students will learn how photosynthesis is used by a plant to make sugars. These sugars are then used to perform cellular respiration to make energy. The sugars are converted into larger molecules like cellulose to help build the structure of plant cells. Students should also recognize that plants grow by cell division.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
    HS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
    HS-LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
    Common Core Standard
    RST 9.10.3, 9.10.5, 9.10.7, WST 9.10.1b, 9.10.1e, 9.10.2a, 9.10.7, 9.10.9
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Lab Experiment
    Rate of Photosynthesis
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    Students perform a simple experiment of photosynthesis using Elodea, baking soda, water and a lamp. The amount of bubbles are counted per minute.
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    Published by Shannan Muskopf High School
  • Lab Experiment
    The Effects of Light and Temperature on the Growth and Development of Plants
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    Students learn how visible light constitutes only a small part of the spectrum of radiant energy. Light can be separated into a variety of colors if passed through a prism. Certain colors correspond to different wavelengths of the light present. Certain wavelengths are reflected by plant pigments and others are absorbed. When plants are grown in different wavelengths and temperature variations, the size, color and the length of their growth processes are affected.
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    Published by Minnie L. Robinson High School

More Photosynthesis lesson plans are in the works.
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