MS-LS1-6 Photosynthesis Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS1-6 Photosynthesis Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities

SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:

Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency

Narrative Station to build science literacy

Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding

Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design

Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Photosynthesis Lab Learning Objectives

1. Identify the reactants and products of photosynthesis.

2. Explain the importance of sunlight in photosynthesis.

3. Describe how photosynthesis plays a role in the flow of matter and energy between living things on Earth.

4. Model the process of photosynthesis so to demonstrate the breakdown and rebuilding of water and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen.

5. Predict how life on Earth would change without plants, algae and other photosynthetic organisms.

Science Skills Station

Students will graph, analyze and interpret data to determine the importance of sunlight and carbon dioxide in the chemical process of photosynthesis. Students will use the data better understand the process of photosynthesis.

Narrative Station

Students will read an informational text about photosynthesis and the importance of sunlight, carbon dioxide, water and chlorophyll in this process. Students will also read about the importance of photosynthesis is the flow of matter and energy between living things on Earth.

Assessment Station

At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to photosynthesis. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station

Students will create a model that demonstrates the process of photosynthesis. The model will show how the matter of water and carbon dioxide is rearranged into food (sugar) and oxygen with energy from sunlight.

Synthesis/Summary Project

Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.


This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-LS1-6. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

This download includes:

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection

• Directions and questions for each lab station

• Student recording sheets

• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:


Colored Pencils


Glue Stick



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Total Pages
34 pages
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Teaching Duration
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