Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology

Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
Photosynthesis Learning Package for AP/Advanced Biology
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This package of learning materials addresses topics taught in AP Biology or other upper level biology classes on the topic of photosynthesis. Some of the topics addressed pertaining to photosynthesis include an overview of photosynthesis, evolution of photosynthesis, chlorophylls and accessory pigments, leaf cross sectional structures and their role in photosynthesis, light independent reactions (photosystems II and I), the light dependent reactions, photorespiration and C-4/CAM metabolism. The specific learning objectives and standards are addressed at the end of the package description. This unit has been correlated to the AP Biology ETS, NGSS and Common Core learning standards.

All materials are may be modified by you to suit your needs and those of your students. Documents are available in both word and pdf format. Many of these materials may suitable for use in a flipped classroom.

The file contains 37 pages of student learning materials and one 49 slide PowerPoint.

The answer keys to all activities are included.

The specific contents of the learning package includes the following items (the page count for these items are actual student handouts as answer key page counts are not included):

--Learning Goals, NGSS Correlations, ETS AP Biology and Common Core Learning standards correlations (3 pages)

-- Photosynthesis Completion Notes (15 pages)

-- PowerPoint to accompany the Cell Respiration and Aspects of Thermoregulation Completion Notes (49 slides)

-- Photosynthesis Reading Worksheet (correlated to the free Openstax Biology text but can be used with other information sources) (10 pages/53 short answer questions)

-- Links to other web based Photosynthesis Free Online Resources (2 pages)

-- Photosynthesis Exam (45 multiple choice/matching, modified true-false questions and 2 short answer questions) (7 pages)

Photosynthesis Learning Goals

Upon the completion of the reading and discussion of this material the student will be able to:

1. distinguish between autotrophic and heterotrophic nutrition.

2. describe the structure of the chloroplast and how these structures relate to their function.

3. write a summary equation for photosynthesis.

4. list the wavelengths of light that are most effective for photosynthesis.

5. describe the role of accessory pigments in plants.

6. label the following structures in a plant leaf cross section and state their functions; upper epidermis, palisade layer, spongy layer, vascular bundles, lower epidermis, guard cells, stomata, and the cuticle.

7. explain what happens when chlorophyll or accessory pigments absorb photons.

8. list the components of a photosystem and explain their function.

9. trace electron flow through photosystems II and I.

10. compare cyclic and noncyclic electron flow and explain the relationship between these components of the light reactions.

11. summarize the chief results of the light reactions.

12. discuss the role of rubisco and PGAL in the Calvin cycle and state the chief result of this cycle.

13. describe the role of ATP and NADPH produced in the light reactions in the Calvin cycle.

14. describe what happens to rubisco when the O2 concentration is much higher than CO2

15. discuss the major consequences of photorespiration.

16. discuss two important photosynthetic adaptations that minimize photorespiration.

17. compare and contrast C-4, C-3, and the CAM pathways of photosynthesis.

18. discuss the evolution of photosynthesis and relate the

endosymbiont hypothesis to the evolution of the chloroplast in eukaryotes.

College Board ETS Objectives


Enduring understanding 2.A: Growth, reproduction and maintenance of the organization of living systems require free energy and matter.

Essential knowledge 2.A.1: All living systems require constant input of free energy.

LO 2.1 The student is able to explain how biological systems use free energy based on empirical data that all organisms require constant energy input to maintain organization, to grow and to reproduce.

LO 2.2 The student is able to justify a scientific claim that free energy is required for living systems to maintain organization, to grow or to reproduce, but that multiple strategies exist in different living systems.

LO 2.3 The student is able to predict how changes in free energy availability affect organisms, populations and ecosystems.

LO 2.4 The student is able to use representations to pose scientific questions about what mechanisms and structural features allow organisms to capture, store and use free energy.

LO 2.5 The student is able to construct explanations of the mechanisms and

structural features of cells that allow organisms to capture, store or use free


NGSS Standards

HS-LS1-5. Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.

HS-LS1-6. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.

Common Core State Standards Connections:

ELA/Literacy –

RST.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.

WHST.9-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

WHST.9-12.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Mathematics –

MP.4 Model with mathematics.

Terms of Use

- Purchase of the product is for classroom use by the purchaser only. It is a violation for individuals, schools, and districts to redistribute, sell, or post this item on the Internet.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This learning package is also sold as part of the AP Biology Complete Course. Save time and money by purchasing the complete complete course. The complete course provides a huge savings of over 50% if you are interested in files to establish a complete AP Biology course. The complete course contains this package plus 20 other unit packages. All 4 big ideas are addressed in the Complete Course.

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