Using Models to Understand Photosynthesis

Type of Resource



In this analysis and discussion activity, students develop their understanding of photosynthesis by answering questions about three different models of photosynthesis. These models are a chemical equation, a flowchart that shows changes in energy and matter, and a diagram that shows the basic processes in a chloroplast. Students learn about the role of scientific models by evaluating the advantages of each of these models for understanding the process of photosynthesis.

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-5   Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.