Photosynthesis Activities - Student Choice Project

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Looking for an engaging and creative way to assess students' understanding of photosynthesis? The Photosynthesis Activities - Student Choice Project empowers students by giving them a choice in a creative project-based assessment. Through project-based learning, students are tasked with demonstrating their understanding of photosynthesis in a creative & engaging way – that they choose. The scaffolds included in this resource were created with English Langauge Learners and developing readers and writers in mind. Therefore, all students can create grade-level science content with the right support!


What's Included:

⭐️ A Choice Menu with Project Ideas

⭐️ Graphic organizers to review content taught in the unit

⭐️ Graphic organizers to brainstorm & plan the project

⭐️ Project content checklist – to ensure all standards-aligned content is included in the project

⭐️ Presentation Planning Scaffold

⭐️ Teacher Lesson Plan (complete with standards and objectives)

⭐️ Digital Google Slides & TPT Easel Versions of the text and activities

This resource contains the following scaffolds:

Graphic organizers to ensure all required elements are included in the final project

Space to plan the final project

Sentence frames to support students in presenting their projects

Science content assessed: The process of photosynthesis

Language Assessed: Describing & Elaborating, tier 3 vocabulary relating to photosynthesis, creative writing, personification, and presentation skills.

Creativity: Art, & creative writing (The A in STEAM)

What's NOT included: Content to teach photosynthesis. Check back for more resources coming soon. 

This Resource is Great For:

✅ NGSS from molecules to organisms: structure and process

✅ NGSS DCIs for photosynthesis

✅ State standards for photosynthesis

✅ Accessibility for ALL students, regardless of English Language Proficiency

✅ English Langauge Learners & Developing Readers and Writers

✅ Differentiation - remove scaffolds for students needing less support

✅ Classwork and/or Homework

✅ Independent and/or group work

✅ Saving time -- no prep, focus on teaching!

✅ Assigning digitally & projecting onto the board for direct, whole-class instruction/modeling

⭐️ Standards-Aligned ⭐️


MS-LS1-6. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

Plants, algae (including phytoplankton), and many microorganisms use the energy from light to make sugars (food) from carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and water through the process of photosynthesis, which also releases oxygen. These sugars can be used immediately or stored for growth or later use. (MS-LS1-6)

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors. (MS-LS2-1)

CCSS: RST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.2.D, WHST.6-8.


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Read these blog posts to learn more about The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Literacy in Science, & Teaching Science to English Language Learners:

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Total Pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Establish and maintain a formal style.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Establish and maintain a formal style.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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