3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:06 - Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
  • Subject(s):Science
  • Days:20
  • Grade(s):
Key Learning:

 Plants have developed into a diverse group that help provide animals with food, oxygen, and shelter.

The process of photosynthesis is used by producers to make simple sugars from sunlight.  Celuar respiration is used by organisms to produce energy carrying molecules called ATP which are used by the cells to provide the energy they need for cellular processes.

Unit Essential Question(s):

What is the relationship between plant structures and their related functions?

How do photosyntheseis and cellular respiration work together to provide energy for cellular functions? 

Concept:  Structures of Plants

 Identify the major plant organs and tissues.

Use diagrams to identify stems, leaves, and roots.

Discuss differences between monocots and dicots.

Concept: Functions of Plant Tissues

 Discuss the functions of the various types of tissues and organs of plants.

Discuss the role of the leaves, roots, and stems.  Examine how modifications to leaves can change the function of th leaf.

Analyze how plants respond to stimulus.

HOTS: Comparing/Contrasting or Deductive Reasoning could be used to demonstrate the ET LEQ.

Concept: Photosynthesis

 Discuss the processes of photosynthesis including the light-dependent reactions and the light-independent reactions.

Discuss the reactants and products that are involved in each of the phases of photosynthesis.

HOTS: Constructing Support orDeductive Reasoning could be used to address the ET LEQs.

Lesson Essential Question(s):

How can I identify plant tissue or plant organs?  (A)
How would you recognize a stoma if you saw one?  (A)
What similarities and differences exist between monocots and dicots?  (A)
Lesson Essential Question(s):

What influences do the various plant organs and tissues have on the function of the plant?  (A)
How do plants use leaves, roots, and stems to gather essential materials for life?  (A)
How do external stimuli impact plants?  (A)
What is the relationship between major plant tissues and organs, and their physiological processes?  (ET)
Lesson Essential Question(s):

How do the light-dependent reaction and light-independent reactions work together to synthesize sugar?  (A)
What are the essential reactants and products of photosynthesis?  (A)
How does the process of photosynthesis impact consumers?  (ET)
Concept: Cellular Respiration

 Describe the various stages of aerobic respiration including glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and the electron transport chan. Emphasis should be placed on the reactants used and the products produced for each step.

Explain the difference between aerobic and anaerobic respiration, and describe different situations when anaerobic respiration may be needed.

Discuss the different types of anaerobic respiration.  Emphasis should be placed on the reactants used and the products produced for each step.

HOTS: Classifying?Categorizing or Deductive Reasoning can be used to demonstrate the ET LEQ.

Concept: Cell Energy

 Describe how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are interconnected.

 Explain how plants use photosynthesis to produce sugar and that both plants and animals use the sugar in cellular respiration to make ATP.

Discuss how the cells use APT by breaking off one phosphate group from the ATP to provide energy for various cell functions.

HOTS: Deductive Reasoning can be used to demonstrate the ET LEQ.


Lesson Essential Question(s):

How do we use aerobic respiration to provide ATP for cellular functions?  (A)
What is the relationship between aerobic and anaerobic respiration?  (A)
What events lead up to the formation of ATP in anaerobic respiration?  (A)
How do aerobic respiration and anaerobic respiration work together to provide a continuous supply of ATP for cellular functions?  (ET)
Lesson Essential Question(s):

What is the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration?  (A)
How do cells use AP to provide energy for cellular functions?  (A)
How do cellular respiration and photosynthesis impact energy flow in an ecosystem?  (ET)
Lesson Essential Question(s):

Additional Information:

Textbook program and ancillary materials, the Internet, Unitedstreaming/Youtube, Gizmo, and classroom models.


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Vocabulary Report

  • cotyledons - Structure of seed plant embryo that stores or absorbs food for the developing embryo.
  • aerobic - Means with air; type of energy source that relies on the use of oxygen.
  • photosynthesis - Process by which autotrophs, such as algae, and plants, trap energy from sunlight with chlorophyll and use their energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into simple sugars.
  • nastic movement - Responsive movement of a plant not dependent on the direction of the stimulus.
  • ATP (adenosine triphosphate) - Energy-storing molecules in cells composed of an adenosine molecule, a ribose sugar, and three phosphate groups; energy is stored in the molecule's chemical bonds and can be used quickly and easily by cells.
  • vascular tissue - Tissue found in vascular plants composed of tublelike, elongated cells through which water, food, and other materials are transported throughout the plant.
  • stomata - Openings in leaf tissue that control gas exchange.
  • anaerobic - Means without air; type of respiration that does not rely on oxygen for energy resources.
  • tropism - Growth response of a plant to an external stimulus.
  • fermentation - Process of deriving energy from the oxidation of organic compounds, such as carbohydrates, using an electron acceptor, which is usually an organic compound.  This proces does not necessarily have to be carried out in an anaerobic environment.