Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Comparing Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Understanding photosynthesis and cellular respiration are major concepts middle school students should master.

Here is a way to provide students with the information in yet another way, using foldables.  Two foldables are pictured, but they contain the same information, they care just oriented differently.


Each foldable uses two pieces of paper, folded so there are flaps.

Cut through the top three layers, at the middle of the book.

The top layer gets a title, "Cellular Respiration" on one side, "Photosynthesis" on the other side.

The next layer is labeled "What Cells" or "Where". 

The next layer is labeled "Ingredients" or "Reactants".

The bottom layer is labeled "Products". 

The corresponding information is filled in on each layer, for each process.  When finished, students have a nice study guide for comparing and contrasting photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

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