Plants Activity 4.3 Overview

Target Student Performance

Students use molecular models to explain how carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms in carbon dioxide and water molecules are rearranged into glucose and oxygen in a potato plant’s leaf cells.

Resources You Provide

  • Molecular modeling kit (1 per pair of students; includes 6 carbon atoms, 12 hydrogen atoms, 18 oxygen atoms, 36 or more bond links)
  • Twist ties (12 per pair of students)
  • Scissors (1 per pair of students)

Resources Provided

Recurring Resources


Print one copy of 4.3 Molecular Models for Potato Photosynthesis Worksheet for each student. For each pair of students, print one copy of Molecular Models 11 x 17 Placemat, Forms of Energy Cards, and prepare a pair of scissors. Prepare enough molecular modeling kits for each group. Prepare a computer and a projector to show the PPT while the students are creating models.