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Activity 4.4: Explaining How Plants Make Food: Photosynthesis (40 min)
Target Student Performance
Students explain how matter moves and changes and how energy changes during photosynthesis in a potato plant’s leaf cells.
Resources You Provide
- (from previous lesson) 3.5 Evidence-Based Arguments Tool for Plants
- 4.4 Explaining How Plants Make Food: Photosynthesis PPT
- 4.4 Explanations Tool for Potato Photosynthesis (1 per student)
- 4.4 Grading the Explanations Tools for Potato Photosynthesis
- 4.4 How do Plants Produce Food? Reading (1 per student)
- Three Questions 11x17 Poster (1 per class)
- Three Questions Handout (Color Version) (1 per student)
- Three Questions Handout (BW Version) (1 per student)
- Questions, Connections, Questions Student Reading Strategy
- Learning Tracking Tool for Plants
- Assessing the Learning Tracking Tool for Plants
- Plants Matter Tracing Tool
- Assessing the Plants Matter Tracing Tool
- (Optional) Example Plant Explanations Handout
Print one copy of the 4.4 Explanations Tool for Potato Photosynthesis for each student. In this activity, your students will need to use the Three Questions Explanation Checklist on the back of the Three Questions Handout. Be sure to have this available to students, and see the notes in the Modifications at the end of the Activity for ideas about how to use it. Prepare a computer and a projector to display the PPT.
Use 4.4 Grading the Explanations Tools for Potato Photosynthesis to grade student responses. At this point, students can be held accountable for correct answers. If students are still struggling with these concepts, you may want to revisit parts of the lesson they are finding difficult. Use Assessing the Plants Matter Tracing Tool to grade the tool.