In this unit students learn about plants as the ultimate source of food for all living organisms. This unit explains how plants make food through the process of photosynthesis.
Using hands-on activities, students visualize where photosynthesis occurs and investigate how sunlight affects photosynthesis and the production of starch in plants.
Students also research on farming practices that enhance the photosynthetic process resulting to increased food production. Going through the unit, they will recognize the importance of photosynthesis in the environment.
The unit demonstrates how technology can be utilized to enhance students’ learning. Students use technology to document and analyze data and results of their investigations. The unit illustrates how technology can be used to communicate results of student investigations to other students and how it may be used to solicit feedback on their work.
Implementation Plan (doc): (Three weeks before: Preliminaries)
Note: Prior to the development of the student website, teacher will distribute the guide on How to Save a Picture for the Web (doc). For schools with limited number of computers in a computer laboratory, teacher will instruct students to sign up (doc) on the schedules in using of computers. Let students sign out laboratory equipment and apparatus.
Implementation Plan (doc): (Within one week after implementation: Post-implementation)
The unit requires that students already know the following:
In addition, they should already possess computer skills in:
In Communication Arts, students should already know how to develop a brochure.
For Schools Located in Agricultural Areas
Assessment of student learning will be conducted by the teacher and peers through their final outputs. The teacher will evaluate students’ presentation and website by group. He/she will use the following rubrics to evaluate the outputs of each group:
To guide students, the teacher should also present these rubrics to students before students develop the required outputs.
The "Laboratory Investigation Report" (doc) will also help the teacher evaluate their website as she can verify data and results and see for herself the details of the procedures they employed. Peers will be involved in the evaluation of the students’ brochure. Here, each student’s final score will be the average of their peer and teacher evaluation.
To synthesize what the students have learned, the teacher may opt to give students an assignment asking them to write an essay about why plants are special. The essay should include the following information:
Students may add drawings or diagrams to help illustrate their thoughts and ideas.
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Ma. Dulcelina Sebastian and Rodolfo Treyes are staff of UP NISMED who participated in the Intel® Teach Program Training last March 2003. They developed this unit plan idea as a team, during the training and enhanced their work after the training. This is the enhanced version of their training output.