Plant Biomass (Photosynthesis)by: Victor Sampson and Sharon Schleigh

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The purpose of this activity is to help students understand the synthesis and source of plant biomass, as well as the process of photosynthesis. This activity also helps students learn how to engage in practices such as using planning and carrying out investigations, arguing from evidence, and communicating information. This activity, in addition, is designed to give students an opportunity to learn how to write in science and develop their speaking and listening skills.

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  • on Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:58 AM

This interesting book chapter gives detailed instructions on how to have students create an experiment to explain where plants get their biomass as they grow. They were given three possible explanations and then designed an experiment to prove their hypotheses. After doing a write up of their results they had to defend their explanation to the other students in an argumentation session. This book chapter also gives a very detailed explanation of photosynthesis and the experimental design for the teacher to use.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:38 PM

Students are provided three options to the prompt. Students are then challenged to design an investigation to gather evidence to prove their chosen option. The book chapter also provides flowcharts and material needs to aide in the implementation of this chapter.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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