Trying to teach the difference between photosynthesis and cellular respiration can be challenging! As I was teaching this concept, I found the following:
On the one hand, my students are fairly familiar with the components of photosynthesis, which helps a great deal.
On the other hand, they have little or no experience with the parts of respiration, AND they have a difficult time explaining how respiration and photosynthesis are dependent on each other to exist.
I found a solution to the problem: A pop-up/Interactive Notebook page! I was inspired by this product I found on TpT. I had to add several materials and products to both sides of the equation and add extra symbols to make it more complete, but I knew this was what I was looking for!
When folded in accordion style, it fits nicely into a notebook for future reference.
The students had fun tracing, cutting, taping, and folding. I love the art aspect of this assignment! It makes teaching this concept a lot more fun.
Do you have any resources you like to use to teach the difference between respiration and photosynthesis? I'd love to hear about them!