In this lesson, students learn that plants make their own food by converting light energy into sugar (stored energy), which the plants then use to carry out their life processes. Students watch a video and do a Web activity to help them construct an understanding of photosynthesis.
The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the process of photosynthesis. In addition, there is a sing-along video that students can perform karaoke-style that will help them remember the steps of this process. After utilizing these two resources, the students can complete the short test to assess their understanding.
This lesson uses the book Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas to teach students about photosynthesis and its importance of providing food for ocean marine life as well as the oxygen needed to sustain life on Earth and in the ocean. Students will learn how photosynthesis is crucial for ocean life and how creatures that live deep in the sea depend on sunlight to live, even though they live in dark waters and never benefit from the sun directly.
This lesson uses the book Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life to teach students the basics of photosynthesis and the role the sun plays in keeping plant and animal life alive and thriving on Earth.
This lesson focuses on the food chain by helping students understand that almost all kinds of animals’ food can be traced back to plants and that the sun is the ultimate source of energy needed for all organisms to stay alive and grow. This is the first lesson in a series of two lessons on food chains and food webs. The second lesson in this series is Cycle of Life: Food Webs (http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/cycle-of-life-2-food-webs/).