- While this activity does not directly cover the process of photosynthesis, it is helpful for providing context on the topic and will enhance understanding of the role of photosynthesis by green plants. SCN–3 02a
- Extension activity: students can conduct a research project on climate change and the causes and effects. SCN 3–05b
- This activity can be used to support applying knowledge and understanding of chemical processes that balance the climate and environment. SCN 3–19b
Biodiversity and Interdependence
I have collaborated on investigations into the process of photosynthesis and I can demonstrate my understanding of why plants are vital to sustaining life on Earth. SCN–3 02a
- Describes the process of photosynthesis (using the word equation) in terms of reactants (raw materials) and products.
- Applies knowledge gained from practical investigations to explain how green plants make their own food in the form of sugars and store this as starch.
- Investigates and presents information on how plants help to sustain life, for example, by providing oxygen, food, habitat, raw materials and medicines.
Processes of the planet
I can explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change and discuss the possible impact of atmospheric change on the survival of living things. SCN 3-05b
- Explains how the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have increased over time, for example, through respiration of organisms, deforestation and increased combustion of fuels.
- Draws on supporting evidence, quotes and sources to demonstrate an association between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increasing global temperatures as a result of the greenhouse effect.
Through exploring the carbon cycle, I can describe the processes involved in maintaining the balance of gases in the air, considering causes and implications of changes in the balance. SCN 4–05b
- Describes the steps in the carbon cycle and explains how processes such as respiration, photosynthesis and burning carbon-based fuels affect the balance of gases in the air.
- Researches the effects of changes in the balance of gases in the air and shares their scientific findings in an appropriate manner.
I have helped to design and carry out practical activities to develop my understanding of chemical reactions involving the Earth’s materials. I can explain how we apply knowledge of these reactions in practical ways. SCN 3–19b
- Describes chemical reactions involving the Earth’s materials, for example, combustion of fossil fuels, carbonate rocks reacting with acid and the formation and impact of acid rain.
Third Level Scientific Skills
Inquiry and Investigative Skills:
Presents scientific findings:
- Communicates effectively in a range of ways, for example, orally and through scientific report writing
Scientific Analytical Thinking Skills:
- Applies scientific analytical thinking skills, with increasing independence, working with less familiar and more complex contexts.
- Applies understanding of an increasing range of science concepts to solve problems and provide solutions.
- Demonstrates further development of creative thinking including through the engineering processes of design, construction, testing and modification.
Skills and Attributes of Scientifically Literate Citizens:
- Demonstrates understanding of the impact of science on society and debates and discusses the moral and ethical implications of some scientific developments, demonstrating respect for the views of others.
- Expresses informed views about topical scientific issues, including those featured in the media, based on evidence and demonstrating understanding of underlying scientific concepts.
- Demonstrates increased awareness of creativity and inventiveness in science and the use of technologies in the development of sciences.
- Demonstrates understanding of the relevance of science to their future lives and the role of science in an increasing range of careers and occupations, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.