Steps to Photosynthesis for Middle School Science

Steps to Photosynthesis for Middle School Science
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Photosynthesis is a science topic that is included in many middle school texts. Though the process can be explained in very simple terms, it is a complex process at the molecular level. However, the process can be effectively and accurately taught to middle school students, as long as several major components of the process are included. Simplification is necessary so that middle school students can conceptualize this abstract process. Observing the growth of plants will not demonstrate photosynthesis to them. However, they will be able to see the outward manifestation of photosynthesis.

    The sun's energy is captured and converted to plant food.
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    Photosynthesis begins with exposure to the sun's rays. Without the sun's rays, there would be no green plants, since the sun is an essential part of photosynthesis. Exposure to the sun's rays allows the chemical processes that drive plant food production to occur.

    The leaf stretches out to capture the sun's energy.
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    Absorbing the sun's rays is the function of chlorophyll, which can be found in the leaf's chloroplasts, which are small organelles in the leaves of plants. In turn, the chloroplasts, are responsible for taking in the energy from the sun and converting it to sugar that can be used as plant food.

    Water is essential to human and plant survival.
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    Water that has been absorbed through the root system travels through the plant and to the leaves. Chloroplasts destroy the integrity of the water molecule by splitting it into hydrogen and oxygen. Once these two atoms are free, hydrogen can be accessed to combine with carbon and produce sugar or plant food.

    Sugar must be transported up and down the entire plant.
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    Sugar is transported throughout the plant by special transport cells called phloem. The phloem provides the sugar to the leaves and entire stem so that the energy, stored in the sugar can be used.

    Green trees are a good oxygen source.
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    The oxygen remaining from the split water molecule is released into the atmosphere. The release of oxygen, as a by product of photosynthesis, helps provide other plants and animals with a renewable oxygen source. That is why the air is cleaner in rural areas, compared to urban areas.

    Things You'll Need

    • plant
    • sun light

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