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    1. 1. Photosynthesis:How Plants Feed Themselves Jessica McKenzie Grades 11/12 Honors/AP Biology
    2. 2. Technology Integration• Rationale – Plant survival depends on successful photosynthesis. Since this process takes place on a molecular level, technology is necessary to show students the process via videos, models and tutorials. Through the use of technology, students can discover images of plants that use different photosynthetic pathways, piece together the pathway on their own, research how the steps of photosynthesis were discovered, and more! – Additionally, since various students learn in different ways, this presentation will aid students by presenting the topic of photosynthesis with pictures, videos, audio, and reading materials.
    3. 3. Website Reliability• Sites were used only if they were from a reputable source such as a university or government site• Sites were looked over to ensure the information contained within was logical, academic and up to date
    4. 4. Photosynthesis Blog•• Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge updates on current research, published papers and major issues concerning plant life• The information found in this site will help students understand that new information is still being discovered about how plants function
    5. 5. Kahn Academy video This video introduces students to the chemical processes of photosynthesis with lots of explanations and real life connections. It is a way to clearly transmit information to the student in both visually andPhotosynthesis Overview auditory manners.
    6. 6. You Tube VideoThis video provides aclose up look at theproteins andcomplexes importantin the energytransformation processof photosynthesis. Themovie will helpstudents visualize themicroscopic reactionsthat take place in this Virtual Cellprocess.
    7. 7. Photosynthesis Podcast This podcast can be used as a lesson in class, as it covers the importance of the energy transfers inherent in photosynthesis. This would be a great tool for clarification andMr. Craig’s Biology Podcasts review of photosynthesis.
    8. 8. Internet Resources• - Arizona State University is an institute of higher learning. This resource provides a broad background of photosynthesis along with links to very in depth descriptions of the phenomenon. It allows students to take a self-guided journey through photosynthesis.
    9. 9. Internet Resources• P/ – This site follows the progress and achievements of researchers studying artificial photosynthesis. Looking through this information will help students make the connection between what they are learning in class with technology and real world problems.
    10. 10. Internet Resources• zes/chemistry/laureates/1961/calvin- lecture.html – This site directs users to the speech made by Melvin Calvin at the Nobel Prize ceremony. Students will learn about the Nobel Prizes in the sciences, the steps scientists take to learn more about the world, and in- depth details of what happens to carbon to form glucose in photosynthesis.
    11. 11. Diagram/Graphic Organizer Created using Inspiration.
    12. 12. Teaching MaterialsPhotosynthesis in Plants app ($2.99) Click App picture to redirect to photosynthesis app.
    13. 13. Teaching MaterialsPhotosynthesis ReviewAcross1. stacks of thylakoids3. cycle during the dark reactions6. type of energy created8. light-capturing units9. a group of organisms in which photosynthesis takes place10. byproduct released into the atmosphere11. researchers are working on this type of photosynthesis12. carbon dioxide undergoes this transformation14. photosynthesis end product15. place where photosynthesis takes place16. small quantity of lightDown2. the most abundant enzyme on earth4. important energy storing molecule5. energy source that drives photosynthesis7. organisms that make their own food8. where chloroplasts are embedded13. pigment that absorbs light in plants16. the reaction that occurs when carbon dioxide is not present Created using
    14. 14. Teaching MaterialsWorksheet found at
    15. 15. Teaching Materials The word equation for photosynthesis is During photosynthesis glucose is produced. How is this glucose What factors limit the rate used by the plant? of photosynthesis? Photosynthesis, Energy & Decay What are the different ways that energy can be wasted by organisms, particularly mammals? Plants require minerals for healthy growth which are Efficiency of food production can absorbed from the soil they grow in. Describe why the be improved by? following minerals are required. What is decay? What conditions are required for the decaying process? Nitrogen Magnesium What would a plant What would a plant deficient in Nitrogen deficient in Magnesium What is the function of What is the function of What do look like? look like? decomposers? detritus feeders? pyramids of biomass show?Mind map found at
    16. 16. Subject-Specific Website site is a great resource. I can type in a topic and it willdirect me to other sites with lesson plans, lectures,worksheets, experiments and more. It is easy to use andhelps me decide what sites can be trusted.
    17. 17. Supporting Websites• is online library offering books, newsarticles and more. This would be useful for indepth research of my topic – many books wereavailable on plants and photosynthesis!• is an online reference material is good forfinding basics or additional information on anytopic.
    18. 18. Collaborative Applications Edmodo is a site set up like Facebook in which teachers can create class groups and contact students easily via the internet, post homework, and collect assignments. Students can collaborate over this site on projects, as well. Additionally, students can reach out for help with peers and help explain photosynthesis to one another at any time.