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Photosynthesis: Modeling Activity and Guided Notes Lessons

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It took me several years to find an easy way to teach my 4th and 5th students to really understand what was happening during photosynthesis. They needed a hands-on way to see how the leaves were taking molecules of water and carbon dioxide, breaking them apart, and reorganizing to form glucose and oxygen gas. I developed this activity and follow-up notes for 4th-5th graders, but I found my 7th graders really benefitted from the review. There is nothing better than that chorus of, "Ohhhh......!" toward the end of the activity that lets you know they "got" it!If your school does Thinking Maps, these notes could easily fit the flow map.

This download contains two lessons:
- 1 hands-on activity wherein students use paper "atoms" to model what goes on in a leaf during photosynthesis. It includes full directions and suggested script. I also provide a cooking analogy that makes the abstract content much easier to understand.
- 1 follow up guided notes lesson where students draw out the steps and write notes for the steps of photosynthesis. I made two versions on the student notes. One copy is blank; students fill in pictures and notes. The other has the information typed; the students need only fill in the pictures.

*The free download shows the completed student notes.
Total Pages
8
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Teaching Duration
2 Days

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I can't wait for my photosynthesis unit. My 7th graders will love this!!
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This two day activity helped my ESE students know the process of photosynthesis. Loved watching my students "change" the chemical compounds. For us doing is learning, this activity was spot on. Thank you
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This is an awesome activity that really helped my students understand the process of photosynthesis.
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We had the best time with this activity!! It is so different from any other way that the kids have been exposed to photosynthesis and in the end they REALLY knew their stuff!! The directions are cutsie but the information is great and the final products look amazing! thanks for the resource!
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On  January 18, 2013Kerry Tracy answered:
Kathryn, that's strange, I didn't use an unusual font and I thought Pdfs kept those problems from happening. Please send me your email address and I'll figure out how to get this to you tonight or tomorrow. Or, if you want to request a refund from customer support, I will help you any way I can. Sorry for your trouble!
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The students found this activity to be so stimulating. They spoke about it for days. They have remembered the kitchen analogy. Thank you for a wonderful resource.
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will use in my plant unit
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Photosynthesis: Modeling Activity and Guided Notes Lessons
Photosynthesis: Modeling Activity and Guided Notes Lessons
Photosynthesis: Modeling Activity and Guided Notes Lessons
Photosynthesis: Modeling Activity and Guided Notes Lessons