5th grade Science NGSS 5-LS1-1 Aligned: Photosynthesis is an engaging 5E lesson plan which catches the students’ imagination with a story about how Clara, a plant, experiences photosynthesis. Students will be asked to infer what is happening to Clara based on what she is experiencing in the story.
This 5E lesson includes experiments, PowerPoint presentations and videos to help students understand how plants make their own food, and why that process is so important to life on Earth.
This lesson focuses on Disciplinary Core Idea LS1.C. “Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water.
This lesson is also aligned with Common Core Standards for ELA.
The 5E steps for this unit are:
Students read with a story about how a plant might experience photosynthesis. Students will be asked to infer what is happening and answer questions based on what the plant is experiencing in the story.
Three hands on exploration experiments are included in this package.
In addition, we have included three no-prep versions of these experiments as PowerPoint presentations. Experiment setups and results are shown, and can be used as demonstrations.
An interactive PowerPoint is provided explaining how plants make food. A completed teacher version of the PowerPoint is included.
A link to a short video reinforcing the information in the PowerPoint is included in this section
We have provided five elaboration activities with answer keys for your use.
An additional video link is also provided summarizing the lessons of this unit, with an open-ended question for the students to address.
For the Evaluation Stage, students must write a letter to Clara explaining what was happening to her when she woke up. They will use what they learned from the videos, PowerPoints and Exploration labs to compose this letter.
Detailed Teacher notes have been provided to cover all aspects of this unit.
This Product also supports the following Common Core Standards:
RI 5.7 – Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem.
RI.5.9 – Integrate information from several texts in the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.
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