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The Ins and Outs of Photosynthesis Lesson Overview

Students will interpret data of the evolution of plants and the change in the atmosphere, and construct a drawn model of photosynthesis.


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50 Minutes
3-4 students
PTI Inquiry
4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 5.8, 7.2
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 4.2, 4.3, 5.2 Projector and video 2 Students are given an animation to watch pertaining to the evolution of plants.
Explore 20 min 4.2, 5.8 none 3 Working in small groups, students will build a model of photosynthesis.
Explain 7 min 7.2 none 3 They will use a worksheet of guiding questions to explain the components of their model. The groups will come together and build one class model together.
Expand 7 min   none 3 Students will discuss predictions of scenarios based on their class model.

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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