Photosynthesis Vocabulary Study Option


The following document is a running list of vocabulary terms for the

Carbohydrate, Lipid and Protein unit for Biology. The unit is one of the larger units and contains a lot of vocabulary to keep straight. In order the help the students I have created this study option for home.

Key terms will be added as we introduce them in class- I will put the new terms in a new chart to cut down on printing waste, but the same document will be sent home each time.

A copy of this document will also be posted on my teacher website located at:

To use as Flash Cards:


Cut only on solid lines.


Fold the card on the dotted line and put a small piece of tape on the open end to secure and make the flash card that should show the definition on one side and the vocabulary word on the other.

To Use a Matching Activity:

1. Cut the chart apart completely by cutting on all lines.

2. Have your child mix up the cards and try to match the correct definition with the correct vocabulary term.

(A second chart can be printed to act as a key)





Guard cells





Process where plants use sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to produce glucose and oxygen in the chloroplast; process used by autotrophs to create glucose

A pigment that absorbs wavelengths of light from the sun

Drives the process of photosynthesis

Organelle where photosynthesis occurs

Cells scattered on a leaf that boarder the stoma

Openings on leaves where gas exchange and water loss occurs

Stored energy; chain of glucose

Many parallel chains of glucose; structural polysaccharide used to build cell walls

Usable “quick” energy all cells can burn; provide energy to make ATP

Palisade cells deforestation biodiversity

Cells in a leaf where most of photosynthesis occurs

Large scale removal of trees

Variety of life