What our Photosynthesis lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Photosynthesis is an excellent lesson for students in 1st through 3rd grade. It introduces this amazing natural process and provides students with a basic foundation of understanding. Students will define photosynthesis and be able to explain that this process is how plants make their food. They will also recognize that through this same process, plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. The worksheets in this lesson will help students solidify what they learn.
There are two pages of instructional content. The lesson first describes the process step by step. Students will learn how plants take in sunlight as energy as well as carbon dioxide. Then the plants make oxygen and release it into the air. Students will discover that a chemical inside the plant called chlorophyll traps the sun’s energy. And the chloroplasts inside that chemical combine everything to create food for the plant.
Students will thus discover why animals can receive energy from consuming plants. Plants use this process to create food, but animals and humans benefit from the process for more than just food. Without the oxygen plants emit, everything would simply die.
The activity worksheet provides students an opportunity to color in a blank picture that represents the process of photosynthesis. There are already labels on the figure, but students will color each step of the process.
For the practice worksheet, students will refer to four different sets of word banks. There are four short paragraphs with missing words. Students will use the word bank above each paragraph and fill in the correct terms.
The homework assignment is essentially the opposite of the activity. The worksheet provides a colorful picture that represents photosynthesis. There are sentences around each part of the picture where a label belongs. Students must fill in the blanks in these sentences that describe the right label, such as water, oxygen, or light.