Chemical Reactions in Photosynthesis Science Games

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In this series of games, your students will learn about the components and results of photosynthesis. The Chemical Reactions in Photosynthesis learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts they drive home.

Concepts Covered

The reactants in the process of photosynthesis are carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight. They react to produce sugar and oxygen. The chemical equation reads as follows:

CO2 (gas) + H2O + light → O2 (gas) + C6H12O6 (solid)

Photosynthesis requires energy, making it an endothermic reaction. Light, generally sunlight, is the source of this energy. The process converts the sun’s electromagnetic energy into chemical energy, which is then stored in chemical bonds in the plant.

Sunlight is the primary source of energy on the surface of Earth. Even the energy in fossil fuels and biomass originally comes from sunlight, converted into chemical energy through photosynthesis. This energy is released when fuels are burned.

For plants, the purpose of photosynthesis is to create sugar, the food they need to live and grow. But photosynthesis also has a massive effect on Earth’s atmosphere and oceans because it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen.

A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.

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