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Photosynthesis

Subject taught
- Biology

Link
https://www.britannica.com/science/photosynthesis

Type of Product
- Diagrams and graphs
- Videos
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Students will develop note-taking skills, self-motivation, analytical skills, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills.

Description
General aims
Students will be able to explain the phenomenon, its causes and effects and provide solutions to related problems in their context. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (Photosynthesis). Students will develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.
Linguistic aims
Students will be able to:
- read English texts with ease
- reflect on their reading experience and share it with their peers
- get the main ideas from a text
- comprehend the topic correctly
- translate words connected with the topic (greenhouse effect) from English into their mother tongue.
Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
- explain the phenomenon
Target groups age:
Students from high school 16-18+ years old.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
B1+/B2
• Time required to use the resource with the students: 1 hour
• How to use it
Students in pairs have to go through the text and find the answers to the given questions:
Why is photosynthesis important?/ What is the basic formula for photosynthesis?/Which organisms can photosynthesize?
Students check findings with the given answers.
They watch the video on an overview of photosynthesis and take notes on the following ideas: the location, importance, and mechanisms of photosynthesis; the roles of chloroplasts, chlorophyll, grana, thylakoid membranes, and stroma in photosynthesis. Teacher checks students’ notes with the class.
Students use the diagram and explain to each other the diagram on photosynthesis showing how water, light, and carbon dioxide are absorbed by a plant to produce oxygen, sugars, and more carbon dioxide.
• Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content.

Comments
The content of the scientific text is clearly illustrated and explained in a video and a diagram. The diagram and the accompanying video are of high quality. The diagram of photosynthesis shows how water, light, and carbon dioxide are absorbed by a plant to produce oxygen, sugars, and more carbon dioxide.The video focuses on the location, importance, and mechanisms of photosynthesis as well as the roles of chloroplasts, chlorophyll, grana, thylakoid membranes, and stroma in photosynthesis. Weakness: Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content. Scientific reliability Pedagogical value: the content of the site encourages collaborative learning as well as self–directed learning depending teacher’s objectives and students’ level of English.

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