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Yanelys Gonzalez yanelys gonzalez 300 Points

I was curious to see if there are any tips or fun activities to use to teach about photosynthesis. I don't think I have seen any activities for this lesson and I would like to see how I can make this more enjoyable for my studenst. 

Pamela Dupre Pamela Dupre 92364 Points

I'm not sure which grade level you teach but go to https://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resources-results.aspx?CoreIdea=6

and you can search for lessons that are aligned to the NGSS. 

Jennifer Hicks Jennifer Hicks 680 Points

There is a great game located at:https://biomanbio.com/HTML5GamesandLabs/PhotoRespgames/photointeractivehtml5page.html

This is an interactive game that covers topics such as: leaf anatomy, light dependent reactions,the Calvin cycle.  There are  are quiz and score sheet.  Other games/labs located on this site are:body systems ( physiology),cells, ecology,evolution & classification,genetics & meiosis, life chemistry, respiration, and scientific method.

Students have a lot of fun playing with the interactive while learning.  

Jolene Pappas Jolene Pappas 495 Points

Online photosynthesis simulation may be useful depending on the target grade level.

Laurence Taylor Laurence Taylor 655 Points

Depends on the grade you are teaching but their are a few ways I add a visual or hands on component to my Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration lesson. The link below is just a nice intro demo that is cheap and easy, I dont frontload or tell them anything, just have them observe and come up with their own ideas to explain the phenomena.

https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/photosynthetic-floatation

Once I dive into the process of photosynthesis I use clay and toothpicks to have them make models of each step of the equation. You can continue this with cellular respiration if you would like too, I like to keep them together so we can talk about the importance of the reactions and products for each of the reactions to be able to happen.

Then for cellular respiration I do a yeast lab to show how organisms can turn sugars into carbon dioxide and different liquid products, in this case alcohol. You can find this lab on you tube but you basically just mix warm water, yeast and sugar in a bottle and put a balloon on top to capture, and measure, the CO2. You can even let them compare different sugars to see which one makes the biggest ballon (produces the most ATP).

Good luck and let me know if you want any more information or more detailed explanations on any of these ideas. 

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