You Can Find Them in Chloroplasts
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Chlorophylls are little molecules in chloroplasts, and they enable chloroplasts to capture energy from light. Therefore, chlorophylls is what allows chloroplasts to perform photosynthesis!
Chlorophylls are a type of “pigments”, which are molecules which cause things to have “colors”. In chlorophylls’ case, the color is GREEN (You’ve probably guessed it already). Because chloroplasts contain a lot of chlorophylls, chloroplasts are green in color. This is also why plant cells and plants are green.
Next Generation Science Standards:
MS-LS1-6. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
MS-LS1-7. Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.
HS-LS1-5. Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
HS-LS1-6. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.
HS-LS2-5. Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
What Science Does this Comic Teach?
Unit: Cell Biology
Chloroplasts are organelles containing a special pigment called chlorophyll and are responsible for making photosynthesis happen. Chloroplasts are usually found in plant cells.
They are the “ingredients” of a chemical reaction. In a chemical reaction, reactants are used to produce “products”, which are the end results of a reaction.
Glucose is the simplest form of sugar and contains a lot of energy–think of the phrase “sugar-rush”. Because it is “simple”, it can be easily absorbed into an organism’s body/cells to provide the organism with energy.
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