Reflection: Complex Tasks Making The Connection: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration - Section 4: Independent Practice: Connecting To The Carbon Cycle


It is important for the students to keep an eye on the big picture of the Carbon Cycle as they are studying the process of cellular respiration and photosynthesis.  By having the students go back and review the carbon cycle, students are able to visualize how plants' process of photosynthesis contributes to the Carbon Cycle and how animals' process of respiration fits into the Carbon Cycle diagram.  Far too often students get blinded by the details of these two intricate chemical process and lose site of the big picture . . . the Carbon Cycle.  

Once students went back to basics, it was easier for them to conceptualize how photosynthesis and cellular respiration fit into the bigger picture of the Carbon Cycle.

This is a great example of studying macro versus micro biological concepts.  Either way, this lesson supports student understanding of these chemical reactions and helps to visualize the connections between plants and animals.

  Seeing The Big Picture
  Complex Tasks: Seeing The Big Picture
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Making The Connection: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Unit 3: Cell Energy
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT illustrate a model and develop a narration to explain the cycling of carbon through the chemical reactions of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

Big Idea: Students will make the connection between plants and animals and be able to describe the inter-dependence using chemical reactions as evidence.

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Science, Biology / Life Science, Photosynthesis, plants, cellular respiration, glucose, chloroplast, mitochondria, interdependence, carbon cycle, carbon dioxide, animal, cycling of carbon
  56 minutes
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