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Photosynthesis

PHOTOSYNTHESIS

 

Vocabulary (can be discussed before or after viewing):

Photosynthesis

Glucose

Phytoplankton

Chlorophyll

Carbon Dioxide (CO2

Oxygen

H20

Food chain (or food web)           

I. Pre-viewing Questions:

Ask: 

How has ever grown tomatoes or vegetables or herbs or other kinds of plants?

What do these plants need to grow? 

Does anyone know how “photosynthesis” plays a part in the growth of a plant? 

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II. Post-viewing Questions:

Ask: How do plants make their own food so they can grow?

[Through photosynthesis.]

Who can describe how photosynthesis works?

[Energy from the sun, water — H20 — from the soil, and carbon dioxide — CO2 — from the air are processed in the chlorophyll of the plant.  Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green.]

What kind of food do the plants make for themselves?

[Glucose—a basic sugar, or carbohydrate.]

When we eat plants, or animals that have eaten plants, what happens to that glucose?

[It goes through our digestive system and into our bloodstream to be transported to all our cells.  Our cells break down glucose for energy, just like plants do.]

What does photosynthesis have to do with the air we breathe?

[During photosynthesis, plants “breathe” in carbon dioxide (CO2) and release (breathe out) oxygen (O2) into the air.]

Why is it important to keep our planet “green”?

[Because we need plants for food and for a way to take carbon dioxide out of the air and produce oxygen.]

General Discussion:

What else did viewers learn from the video? Was it enjoyable? Ask for examples of what was clear/confusing.  How did the recipe relate to the science topic? What else do learners want to know about this topic? Would they show it to their children?

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