Internet Activity



Name ______________________________                                                 Period ___________


Date _______________                                                                                



Directions:  Visit and click on “Links.”  Follow the steps below to answer each question,  and place a       in each  box as you complete the step. (ex.          )


Part I:  Illuminating Photosynthesis


q    Click on the link under Part I:


q    Read the introduction entitled “Illuminating Photosynthesis” by Rick Groleau


q    Click on the link that reads: “Go to Illuminating Photosynthesis.”


q    Read the introductory poem.


q    Click on “The Cycle” at the top of the box


1.  Click on each of the following items, and explain what happens:


a.      The shade over the window:                                                                                             


b.      The container of water:                                                                                                   


c.       The child:                                                                                                                         



      2.  a. What gas does the child provide for the plant to use?                                                            


            b. What gas does the plant provide for the child to use?                                                           


            c.  Will the plant continue to produce this gas if the shade over the window is closed? (try it

                 out to see!)



  1. According to this animation, what 3 main things does the plant need for photosynthesis to






q    Click on “The Atomic Shuffle” at the top of the box.


q    Read the introductory poem, and click on “next


  1. What type of molecule is shown in the leaf?  ___________________


  1. Draw one of the molecules below, as it is shown in the leaf.

Text Box:  












  1. According to the reading, these molecules “do not come from the tap.”  What two places do

they come from?


            (1)                                                (2)                                       



q    Click on “next” and watch carefully.  You may click on “replay” to watch this again.


  1. a. What is “stripped” from each water molecule?




b.  From where does the cell get the energy to do this? ____________________


c.  The stripped molecules form pairs.  Where does it go after this?





q    Click on “next



  1. a. What gas enters the leaf? _______________________


b.  This gas enters through “holes” in the leaf.  What are they called? ________________



q    Click on “next



9.      What molecule is formed once again?                         




q    Click on “next


10.  Another molecule is formed (“and boy is it sweet”).  Draw this molecule below as shown.


Text Box:  



















11.  What is the name of this molecule? ________________________________



q    Click on “Three Puzzlers” at the top of the box. 


12.  Answer each of the following questions, and explain in your own words.


a.  Can a tree produce enough oxygen to keep a person alive? Explain.









b.  Can a plant stay alive without light?







c.  Can a plant survive without oxygen? Explain.








q    Exit out of “Illuminating Photosynthesis” and return to the original website with the links on it:



Part II:  Photosynthesis Overview


q    Click on the link that takes you to:


q    Read this entire page, and study the diagram carefully.



1.  Write the overall chemical equation for photosynthesis in the space below.  You may use the

      molecular formulas or you may use the words.


Text Box:  













q    Look at the diagram at the bottom of the page.  This represents a chloroplast, which is the site of photosynthesis.



2.  a.  In what part of the chloroplast is water split, forming oxygen? ________________________


b.      What is the name of this set of reactions? (hint: notice that sunlight is needed for this to





      c. Energy is then released, and transferred in the form of ____________ and NADPH.  This

          energy is used to power the ________________ cycle.  _________________________ and

          water are also needed for this cycle to take place.  The end product is __________________.