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Ward's® AP Biology Investigation 5: Cell Processes: Photosynthesis

Avg. Ratings: 3.5 (2 Reviews)
WARD470134-770 WARD470136-828
Meets AP Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7

  • Updated illustrated instructions aid comprehension
  • Leaf pigment separation and environmental effects on photosynthetic oxygen production is quantified
In this investigation, the ability of plants to capture, store, and use energy from light for growth and reproduction is brought to life as students practice basic paper chromatography techniques to visualize pigments present in various plant leaves. Using a floating disk assay, students will investigate the environmental elements that affect the rate of photosynthesis under controlled conditions.

The Only Kits Aligned with AP Science Practices. Ward's AP Biology Investigations provide complete coverage of the Four Big Ideas and Seven Science Practices to help you meet new AP Biology curriculum standards and prepare students for real-world success in college and research-level labs. Each investigation follows a series of three parts, beginning with a structured lab investigation, followed by a related guided inquiry investigation with thoughtful assessment questions, and finally, suggestions to encourage students to formulate their own questions and explore further self-guided experimentation. This complete series of investigations emphasizes the progression to fully student-directed investigations and builds competence in all of the science practices, helping students:
• Practice concept application instead of fact memorization.
• Focus on self-guided experimentation instead of step-by-step lab procedure.
• Investigate real-world concepts with greater curriculum flexibility.
• Apply problem-solving skills to strengthen student inquiry.

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Accessories information: Refill kits contain only consumable component items and do not contain additional copy masters.



Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470134-770 AP Investigation 5: Photosynthesis Kit
Hazardous Product
8 Kit of 1 Retrieving
470136-828 AP Investigation 5: Photosynthesis Refill
Hazardous Product
8 Kit of 1 Retrieving


Item # Description Background Color Width No. of Pages Graduation Increments Temperature Range Immersion Material Length Tip Style Unit Availability Price Quantity
470018-952 Medium Tip Dissecting Forceps
Stainless Steel 110 mm (4.5") - - - - - Straight - Each Retrieving
470150-762 VWR® Lab Notebook, Grid
- - - - - - - - - Case of 12 Retrieving
Each Retrieving
470019-654 - - 305 mm (12") White - 1°C (2°F) - -20 to 110°C (0 to 230°F) - Partial (76 mm) Box of 10 Retrieving
Each Retrieving
470023-064 Life Science Student Lab Notebook
- 22 cm - 28 cm - 70 - - - Each Retrieving


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Total Ratings: 2
Avg. Ratings: 3.5 out of 5

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rconway educator / teacher / south carolina
No, I didn't recommend
Part 1 went well but part 2 was ridiculous. I have done other photosynthesis labs that were easier and cheaper to put together. Sorry I spent department money on this.
Reply associate Published 09/01/2018
We're sorry that you were not happy with our AP Biology #5 Photosynthesis kit. We value your input on how to improve our kits and make them easier for teachers. The College Board designed the kits to accompany their curriculum. We at Ward’s Science adapted their suggested activities for use in the classroom. We are committed to making your teaching experience easier and would love additional feedback via email. Thank you again.
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Ed Tampa Bay Area
Yes, I recommend
Ready to Go!!! - Complete kit for leaf disc photosynthesis studies. With kit, students can plan their photosynthesis inquiry and then move forward. Their creative thinking about variables to study would require careful additions of any needed materials.
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