Factors that affect photosynthesis

Yvoni Pavlou
Eleftheria Panteli
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14
Language: 
English
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Level of interaction: 
Medium
Average learning time: 
2 didactic hours
Access rights: 
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
Description: 

In this lesson we will investigate what plants need to grow.

Subject domain: 
Inquiry Learning Phases: 
Setting the scene & looking back (Orientation)
Apps in use: 

The Concept Mapper tool lets learners create concept maps, to get an overview of the key concepts and their relations in a scientific domain. They can define their own concepts and relations or choose from a list of predefined terms.

As a...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
What should we investigate? Let's make hypotheses (Conceptualisation)
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The Hypothesis Tool helps learners formulate hypotheses. Predefined domain terms can be combined to form a hypothesis, using drag and drop. Learners can also add their own terms using the Type your own box. As a teacher you can change the...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

The table tool lets learners fill text or numbers in a table. You as the teacher, define the rows and columns of the table.Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Setting up an experiment (Investigation)
Labs in use: 
Go-lab approved

Demonstrates the influence of temperature, light intensity, and CO2 on photosynthesis.Read more

Lab owner: 
Kscience
Language: 
English
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14
Subject domain: 
Apps in use: 

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

With the quiz tool teachers can create quizzes containing multiple-choice, open answer and two-way (yes/no) questions. The questions, possible answers and feedback to the student can be edited interactively in the configuration.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
The viewer displays the content of another app in the ILS. It prevents the student from having to go back and forth between different phases, in order to consult an earlier result. 
 
The viewer can display the content of...Read more
Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Experimenting and gathering data ()
Labs in use: 
Go-lab approved

Demonstrates the influence of temperature, light intensity, and CO2 on photosynthesis.Read more

Lab owner: 
Kscience
Language: 
English
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14
Subject domain: 
Apps in use: 

The Experiment Design Tool (EDT) supports planning scientific experiments and recording the results observed. Learners can define several experiment designs from the given set of properties and measures, and enter the values obtained from the...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Working with data and drawing conclusions (Conclusion)
Apps in use: 

The Data Viewer provides features for learners to organise and visualise the data from experiments. Data sets can be presented in different ways, e.g. as a bar chart, scatter plot or line chart. As a teacher you can change the configuration of...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

The observation tool allows students to record observations made while preparing, conducting and analyzing experiments. Observations, together with data analyses, can later be retrieved in the conclusion tool as a basis for drawing conclusions....Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

In the conclusion tool the learners can check whether the results of experiments in the form of data graphs and/or observations support their hypotheses from the hypothesis scratchpad or are relevant for the questions posed in the question...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Communicating and reviewing findings (Discussion)
Apps in use: 

This Padlet app allows students to use a Padlet Wall in an inquiry space. A Padlet wall is a collaborative whiteboard where students can write, add pictures and organise content easily. Students can create a...Read more

Category: 
Collaboration apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Scenario: 

This lesson was developed based on inquiry-based learning.During the lesson, students will investigate different variables that might affect photosynthesis with the use of the virtual lab Photolab. Then, by using different tools, they will gather and analyze their data, draw conclusions and communicate their findings with their peers. 

Cognitive objectives: types of knowledge: 
Factual: Knowledge of basic elements, e.g. terminology, symbols, specific details, etc
Conceptual: Knowledge of interrelationships among the basic elements within a larger structure,
e.g. classifications, principles, theories, etc
Procedural: Knowledge on how-to-do, methods, techniques, subject-specific skills and algorithms, etc
Processes: 
To think critically and creatively: To help the learner think on causes, predict, make judgments,
create new ideas
Organisational requirements: 

It is advised to create small groups (2-3 students in each group) to facilitate discussion, collaboration and sharing of ideas. 

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