Lesson Plan: Respiration in Plants Biology

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the process of respiration in a plant and discuss the relationship between respiration and photosynthesis.


Students will be able to

  • describe how plants obtain the reactants needed for respiration, including the role of the roots and the stomata,
  • explain how the products of respiration are removed from the plant,
  • recognize the relationship between respiration and photosynthesis in a plant,
  • outline a simple experiment to show respiration in a plant.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the fact that animals and plants respire.


Students will not cover

  • the details of glycolysis, the link reaction, the Krebs cycle, or oxidative phosphorylation,
  • the details of light-dependent or light-independent reactions.

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