FoodPrints Curriculum

The Importance of Photosynthesis


Understanding Plant Parts

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

3rd Grade


Fall / October


The purpose of this lesson is for students to develop an understanding of the process of photosynthesis and its importance to all living things. Students will act out photosynthesis, playing the roles of plants, sun, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nutrients to understand the role of each of these elements. They will create a visual aid that explains photosynthesis and generate questions about the different types of leaves they observe in their surroundings.

Big Idea

Leaves provide food for plants.

Guiding Questions

What is the importance of photosynthesis to life on Earth?

How are humans connected to plants through photosynthesis?