Over the next several years, your child will become immersed in the process of science; thinking the way scientists think and doing experiments the way scientists would. Every experiment your child performs will lead to the discovery of a science concept. Kids find it’s easy to learn science when they’re working with real science equipment and investigating interesting questions.
Students demonstrate their knowledge of photosynthesis by creating a new verse for the song “You are my Sunshine.” Students will work as a team of 4 students, but each student must create their own verse. Students must include correct information about photosynthesis and incorporate as many key words as possible. It is recommended that students have a time limit, approximately 25 minutes to develop their verse independently. Students will then gather as a group and share their verse with the other students. The groups will need approximately 20 minutes to fit the verses together to form a completed song. The song can then be performed in front of the other groups for an enjoyable musical learning activity about photosynthesis.
This collaborative activity allows students to work in groups to demonstrate their prior knowledge on plants and photosynthesis. Students will work in groups of 3-4 to make a concept map using Post-It notes or note cards on chart paper. Students will begin this activity by brainstorming words or concepts about plants. Students will write each word or concept on each Post-It note. Students are encouraged to draw a picture on the Post-It note to represent each word. Students will then arrange the Post-It notes on chart paper and draw lines to show the relationship between all of the words. Students may also include connecting words along the linking lines to clarify the connection. Connecting words may include words like requires, produces, absorbs, reflects, etc. When the groups have completed their concept maps, they will place them around the perimeter of the classroom in preparation for the gallery walk.
Students will be given brief instruction by teacher about plants and photosynthesis, reflecting on the gallery walk and informal observations made during group discussion. Students will then color the to label important components of photosynthesis. The includes carbon dioxide, starch, light energy, and H2O. Teachers are encouraged to add additional note cards with important terms as needed to make the activity more or less challenging. Students can work inside with artificial or real decorative plants or students may locate and apply these concepts to small trees on campus. After the plants are labeled, students will draw the plant with the appropriate labels. If real plants are used outdoors, please remind your students to remove the labels after the drawing is complete.