Shining Light on Photosynthesis: Teaching about photosynthesis and plant growth in the primary classroomby: Charles W. McLaughlin, Lauren Hampton, and Staci Moxham

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The purpose of this photosynthesis unit is to stimulate students' interest in the process and concepts of science in fun and educational ways. Engaging young students in real, hands-on experiences with photosynthesis helps them remember the elements and processes involved. Through this unit, students learn the importance of responsibility, cooperation, and environmental awareness, and the study allows them to see the importance of human accountability in nature.

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  • on Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:05 AM

I love how this article provides activities that teachers can use including a Photosynthesis song! It is great for teachers to share their ideas so that everyone can feel comfortable when teaching their students. I also love that this article engages students with all sorts of different learning styles so that every child can gain something from the unit.

Iona Humphries
Iona Humphries

  • on Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:51 PM

I thought this was a nicely planned and thorough resource that was packed with tons of information. I found the experiments to be very fun as well as engaging. I liked how many of these experiments can be easily recreated at home to further test and learn about the process. The photosynthesis song seemed to be a nice addition as it has educational lyrics that can help address the auditory learners in the classroom. All these experiments allowed for these students to literally see what changes occurred (or did not) so they definitely helped in proving the point of the lesson.

Gustavo Sanabria
Gustavo Sanabria

  • on Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:36 AM

Teaching children in the early elementary years involves engaging children in a number of ways. This unit about plants includes interdisciplinary approaches as well as art and music. The unit also engages the basic steps of scientific practices. Students grow seeds to make observations. There are so many different parts of this unit that engage multiple aspects of a young child’s experiences that it would be a hit with any classroom environment.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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