Final Lesson Plan


In this webquest students will learn and practice about the process of photosynthesis. It is created for fourth grade students. 

You will receive a quick lecture and then complete a web interactive assignment. You will also complete a lab where you will grow your own plant. At the end you will prove what you learn by completing a test or quiz on the material. 


- Explain why almost all plant life relies on photosynthesis.
- Understand the functions of chlorophyll and other pigments in photosynthesis.
- Summarize the main events of light reactions.
- Explain how ATP is made during the light reactions.
- Describe the events of the Calvin cycle.
- Summarize how the light reactions and the Calvin cycle work together to create the continuous cycle of photosynthesis.
- Understand the importance of environmental factors and how they influence photosynthesis.



• What: What do I want to accomplish?

Students to learn the process of photosynthesis and what it entails.

• Why: Specific reasons for accomplishing the goal.

So that students understand why plants are able to produce their own food and grow.

• Who: Who is involved?

Everyone is involved including plants.

• Where: Identify a location.

The school grounds.

• Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

Having all of the material listed in the powerpoint.  Constraints - budget and material availability.


Have a discussion about plants.

Have a discussion about food and how we are able to prepare food and link it to plants.

Ask students about what they remember from previous lessons about plant parts and how they function.

Transition by getting deeper into the process of photosynthesis.

Teacher will

  • Provide students with a KWL chart and ask them to fill it out.

  • Present powerpoint lecture on photosynthesis.

  • Allow students to launch photosynthesis online activity.

  • Draw out Calvin cycle on ipad/high tech sketch pad.

  • Draw out the process of photosynthesis on ipad/high tech sketch pad.

  • Call upon students to label each part of the process.

  • Conduct plant experiment by splitting class into groups of 4-5 students per group allowing the students to start growing plants in or out of the classroom using plant growth simulator.

  • Record results and convert into charts/graphs/etc.

  • Have students form socratic seminars to answer each others open-ended questions on photosynthesis.

  • Administer photosynthesis quiz / test.


Measurable through assessment


  • Calling on students to discuss parts they remember from the lesson or labs.

  • Walking around the room as assignments take place.  Observing the work being produced.


  • Review outcomes and procedures on the lab.

  • Rubric

  • Students grading / evaluating each other.

  • Grading quiz / test


Photosynthesis Lesson  

(Down) Name of Activity

(Across) Number of Points granted.

0 Points

1 Point

2 Points

KWL Chart

Did not fill anything in.

Had at least one response in the K or W section.

Had at least one response in the K and or W. Had at least one response in the L section.

Identifying features of photosynthesis lesson.

Did not identify any features.

Identified 2 - 4 features.

Identified 5+ features.

Question Responses

Did not participate and answer questions.

Provided answers to questions with no details.

Answered all questions with details.


Was distracted and did not pay any attention to activities/lab.

Looked attentive, but was distracted a few times.

Was attentive and actively participated in activities.



Are all students able to reach the same conclusion and accomplish all of the objectives?

Students should now be able to understand how plants are able to make their own food and all of the processes to which they undergo.

Students should now be able to understand the function of all the components to photosynthesis.

Students should now know how ATP is created.

Students should now know the events of the Calvin cycle.

Students should also now know about environmental factors and how they can help or disturb the process of photosynthesis.



The assignment is relevant to the students learning curriculum and the Next Gen. Science Standards.  With the knowledge that students will be equipped with in this lesson, they will be able to continue their education in the subject matter with ease.

Students will also be able to relate the material to real life situations by having to grow plants themselves and live a self sustaining lifestyle.

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Time Bound

This lesson plan should be rather achievable through the restraints of time. (1 Week)

The only part that will require a longer course of time will be the lab portion which requires daily watering and observations to complete. (May take 3 weeks.)