A great way to teach Photosynthesis! Everything your students need to understand exactly what's happening during photosynthesis, because they're the ones doing the drawing, coloring, and writing in this lesson. When finished with this photosynthesis graphic organizer, each student will have a wonderful visual summary that shows them how it works, followed by key statements about photosynthesis.
In this PowerPoint-led graphic organizer about photosynthesis, students begin with a blank sheet of paper that they'll title "Photosynthesis" at the top. After drawing a plant cell on their paper, they'll draw lots of little green dots inside (where the magic of photosynthesis happens), which we'll label "chloroplast containing chlorophyll" (see how we're using terms in context?). Having those chloroplasts established, we're now ready for photosynthesis to begin. Students will be led by the PowerPoint to draw carbon dioxide and water going into the chloroplast, all in the presence of sunlight. Next we'll label the 2 products of photosynthesis: sugar and oxygen.
Now that students have drawn that model of photosynthesis, they'll have a strong image of how photosynthesis works in their minds; which makes this a great time to summarize the whole process of photosynthesis in words, will benefit everyone, especially your kids who learn by reading text. They'll copy key statements about photosynthesis with some blanks that need to be filled in. Having just drawn the photosynthesis model, students should instantly know what goes in those blanks.
As with all other PowerPoints, feel free to change any text about you wish so that it's more user-friendly for you.
Key terms: photosynthesis, water, carbon dioxide, chloroplast, chlorophyll, oxygen, sugar, producers, consumers