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Thank you for purchasing this lesson unit on photosynthesis and cellular respiration. This resource is aligned to the new, Next Generation Science Standards; MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms. There are 5 lessons. Each lesson includes lesson objectives, standards, an editable agenda, information, activities and a graphic organizer. This resource also includes 2 assessment activities.
This unit encourages students to ask question, research and problem solve. It includes the following:
-How do plants make their own food?
-What is photosynthesis?
-How can we prove that photosynthesis occurs in plants? Students will complete a lab (teacher notes for the lab are included in this resource).
-What affects the rate of photosynthesis? What are the limiting factors of photosynthesis?
-What are the optimum conditions to produce maximum yield during photosynthesis?
-How do humans use the products of photosynthesis?
-How do humans digest food?
-What is cellular respiration? Why is it important?
This resource can be delivered over 1-2 weeks depending on your class. It is advised to provide your students with the vocabulary activity at the start of the unit, this will help them understand the key concepts.
Each lesson includes a ‘Do Now” activity. Students should start the lesson by completing the “Do Now” activity. This will provide you with the opportunity to to take attendance. Students will then share their answers with their peers, before sharing out to the entire class. The teacher should randomly select 3 students to share their work. You could select students by using “popsicle sticks”, “random number generator”, or any other method that you have. By selecting students randomly, you are making each student accountable for their work.
Following the “Do Now” you should hand out the graphic organizer for that particular lesson. Students should read through the presentation and record key bits of information onto their graphic organizer.
Each lesson has a review page. You should review this slide as a class. Students should then be directed towards the main assignment or activity for each lesson.
Please note, each slide is conveniently labeled, indicating whether it is a student activity, homework, teacher notes or answer key. You should print all slides that are labeled “Activity”, in addition to printing the graphic organizer which should be used for each lesson. All of the printable slides have been copied into a PDF for your convenience.
I hope that you enjoy this resource.