Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Overview Activity

Photosynthesis produces sugars that are used to store energy.  Respiration is the process that converts stored energy, or sugar, into ATP, the form of energy used by cells to complete work.


  1. Split your table group into two.  Each different group will be responsible for either photosynthesis or cellular respiration.
  2. Each group will have 25 minutes to research and create a summary of their topic that outlines the following:
  1. General description of the process
  2. Where it takes place in the cell (specifically which organelle)
  3. What compounds are used in the process (example: ATP, Carbon, Oxygen, Six-Carbon Sugar, water) AND IF THESE ARE PRODUCTS (outputs) OR REACTANTS (inputs) OF THE PROCESS.
  4. An overall equation for the process
  1. Create a summary of your topic that can be linked or embeded in your blog.  Pictures and audio/text are helpful.  Summaries can be created using the following tools:
  1. Prezi with images and descriptions
  2. Google Docs Presentation with images and descriptions
  3. Video (iPad) with acting and/or visual aids (white boards would work well)
  4. Other ideas: Ask your teacher
  1. Each group will have 5 minutes to present and explain their process to their other table group who will then complete the Power Notes Handout for your topic.  Presenting groups will switch and repeat this process.
  2. Turn-In
  1. Rename your personal Daphnia Heart Rate Template in the following way: Class_Last Name_First Name
  1. Example: 3B_Rott_Dan
  1. Move or put your personal copy of the Daphnia Heart Rate Lab into your “Cell” Google Doc Collection/Folder.
  2. Turn in your assignment to Mr. Rott by using the following turn in link
  3. Turn in your assignment to Ms. Brill/Childers by using the following turn in link


Not Proficient


Exceeds Proficiency

Work Ethic:

Any of the following:

  • Missing elements listed in proficient

  • Work is late

Includes most of the following:

  • Student is on task and works consistently to complete lab during class period
  • Student leaves lab area clean and prepared for next class
  • Work is completed on time

Includes most of the following:

  • Student helps to clean common areas OR
  • Student assists other students when appropriate OR
  • Student attempts to find solutions to problems or questions independently, with group members, or research


Missing elements listed in proficient.

Includes most of the following:

  • Works with group members by remaining positive
  • Does not distract others
  • Positively contributes to the group’s lab completion

Includes most of the following:

  • Student assists other group members as necessary


Missing elements listed in proficient.

Includes most of the following:

  • Answers fully address question
  • Limited grammatical errors and conventions
  • Uses scientific language (avoid the use of pronouns like I, you, me, we, our, etc.) and is concise but detailed

Includes most of the following:

  • Discussion fully connects findings or implications to class concepts or real world events with at least one external citation..
  • Appropriate scientific vocabulary used extensively and accurately