California Academy of Sciences: Modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

In this kinesthetic model, students will learn that plants need carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight to carry out photosynthesis.

Using ping pong balls and egg cartons, they will simulate the production of sugar molecules to store energy (photosynthesis), and then break apart these molecules to acquire energy (cellular respiration). This active simulation makes it easier to remember both processes!

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Biology, Botany
K-6, Middle School, High School, Educator

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