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Photosynthesis Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will be able to explain the process of photosynthesis and create an animated gif using Brush Ninja to showcase their understanding.


  • Computer or tablet with internet access
  • Brush Ninja website
  • Images and information about photosynthesis
  • Art supplies (optional)


  1. Begin the lesson by introducing the topic of photosynthesis. Ask students if they know what it is and why it’s important.
  2. Provide images and information about photosynthesis, either through a presentation or handouts. Explain the process in simple terms, highlighting key vocabulary such as chlorophyll, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.
  3. Demonstrate how to use Brush Ninja by creating a simple animation together as a class. Show students how to add frames, draw shapes and lines using different brush tools, and add text or stickers.
  4. In pairs or small groups, ask students to create an animated gif that shows the process of photosynthesis from start to finish. Encourage them to be creative with their designs while accurately representing the steps involved.
  5. Once completed, have each group present their animation to the class while explaining what is happening in each frame.


Assess student understanding through observation during presentations as well as individual written responses that summarize the process of photosynthesis.


Students can create additional animations showcasing other scientific concepts or continue exploring Brush Ninja through independent projects.

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