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Photosynthesis, Plants, and Food

kit #31

In the opening activity, student teams use Lab-Aids© atom models to build carbon dioxide and water molecules then "react" them to form sugar and oxygen molecules.

To reinforce and extend the concepts from the first activity, students then read about plant's essential role as producers, using the process of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide, water, and energy contained in light into energy stored in the bonds of sugar, and other food molecules. They are also introduced to chloroplasts, plant organelles involved in photosynthesis.

All equipment is reusable and will provide years of use!


  • Cells carry on the many functions needed to sustain life and most cell functions involve chemical reactions
  • Plants (and some microorganisms) are producers because they use the process of photosynthesis to make their own food
  • Plant cells contain chloroplasts, the site of photosynthesis Photosynthesis allows plants (and many microorganisms) to use solar energy to combine molecules of carbon dioxide and water into complex, enery-rich organic compounds and release oxygen into the environment converts energy in light into stored chemical energy in molecules.
  • The energy for life is primarily derived from the sun. Photosynthesis captures energy in light and stores it as chemical bonds in food molecules. These food molecules can be used to provide energy for cellular processes or to assembled larger organic molecules such as proteins, DNA, sugars, and fats.

Content List in Photosynthesis, Plants, and Food is as follows:

Quantity Description
12 Lab-Aids model carbon atoms (black spheres with 4 pegs), Set of 8
12 Lab-Aids model hydrogen atoms (white cylinders with 1 peg), Set of 15
12 Lab-Aids model oxygen atoms (blue cylinders with 2 peg), Set of 20
12 Lab-Aids model covalent bonds (white tubes), Set of 40
28 Student Worksheet and Guides
1 Teacher’s Guide
1 Visual Aid 1: Modeling Photosynthesis
1 Visual Aid 2: Comparing Plant and Animal Needs
Number of students
24 per class period
Number of groups
12 groups per class period

To complete the two activities in this kit requires two to three ~50-minute class periods.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Photosynthesis, Plants, and Food 31 $97.80
ADD A GROUP for Photosynthesis, Plants and Food 31EL $16.70