Implementing OpenSciEd 7.4 Matter Cycling and Photosynthesis

Implementing OpenSciEd 7.4 Matter Cycling and Photosynthesis

Wed, October 26 4:00 PM - Wed, November 9 2022 6:00 PM


  • Margaret Morgan
  • Malia McDowell


Where does food come from and where does it go next?

This unit on the cycling of matter and photosynthesis begins with 7th grade students reflecting on what they ate for breakfast. Students are prompted to consider where their food comes from and consider which breakfast items might be from plants. Then students taste a common breakfast food, maple syrup, and see that according to the label, it is 100% from a tree.

Based on the preceding unit, students argue that they know what happens to the sugar in syrup when they consume it. It is absorbed into the circulatory system and transported to cells in their body to be used for fuel. Students explore what else is in food and discover that food from plants, like bananas, peanut butter, beans, avocado, and almonds, not only have sugars but proteins and fats as well. This discovery leads them to wonder how plants are getting these food molecules and where a plant’s food comes from.

Students figure out that they can trace all food back to plants, including processed and synthetic food. They obtain and communicate information to explain how matter gets from living things that have died back into the system through processes done by decomposers. Students finally explain that the pieces of their food are constantly recycled between living and nonliving parts of a system.

Participants should create an account with OpenSciEd in order to access the materials. The Zoom link will be sent out to participants the week before Session 1. Asynchronous course material will be hosted on Canvas, and participants will receive a link to the Canvas course at Session 1.

These courses are focused on Washington State educators' needs and standards, and all session times listed are Pacific Time.


  • Wed, October 26 2022
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed, November 9 2022
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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