Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a closed stoma (dark green) on an anther. Other plant cells are seen around the stoma. Photo by
Biology Unit Plan:
Photosynthesis and Plant growth
A three week unit
Students will understand where our food comes from and what biological processes are involved. Photosynthesis lays the foundation for all modern life, and enables us to use natural resources to grow food for humans. An empty piece of land can be converted into a growing garden to benefit people and provide healthy food.
- 1.f. Students know usable energy is captured from sunlight by chloroplasts and is stored through the synthesis of sugar from carbon dioxide.
- 6.d. Students know how water, carbon, and nitrogen cycle between abiotic resources and organic matter in the ecosystem and how oxygen cycles through photosynthesis and respiration.
- 6. e. Students know a vital part of an ecosystem is the stability of its producers and decomposers.
- (Review 6th grade) 5 b. Students know matter is transferred over time from one organism to others in the food web and between organisms and the physical environment.
- Anti-bias Framework: DI.9-12.9 I can relate to and build relationships with other people by showing empathy, respect and understanding, regardless of similarities or differences.
- Students will be able to apply the concept of photosynthesis by designing a productive garden. Students will be able to identify useful plants and compare their productivity and growing needs.
- Students will be able to explain to peers how natural resources can be used to grow food and diminish hunger, and share their products.
- Students will create an outlay for a garden and give it a theme.
- Students will create a catalog/graphic organizer with plants useful in their garden, and design the outlay of this garden. There will be a mini rubric outlining all required plant details.