HS-LS1-5: Photosynthesis and Energy Transformation

Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. (Energy and Matter)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on illustrating inputs and outputs of matter and the transfer and transformation of energy in photosynthesis by plants and other photosynthesizing organisms. Examples of models could include diagrams, chemical equations, and conceptual models

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include specific biochemical steps.


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Energy transformation
Light energy
Chemical bonds
Chemical energy
 - Carbon dioxide
 - Water
 - Oxygen
 - Sugar


Learning Plans


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