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Snacking on Sunlight Bits

By Drew Peltier
Illustrated by Sabine Deviche

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  • Carboxylase: a type of protein that is good at attaching to a specific molecule arrangement: a carbon atom connected to two oxygen atoms, one of which is connected to a hydrogen atom.
  • Chlorophyll: the pigment that gives plants their green color and allows them to absorb sunlight... more
  • Chloroplast: a part of a cell found in plants that converts light energy into energy plants can use (sugar). Other living organisms such as algae also have cells that contain chloroplasts.
  • Enzyme: a protein that changes the speed of chemical reactions inside a cell.
  • Evaporate: the act of a non-boiling liquid becoming a gas.
  • Photosynthesis: a set of chain reactions that convert light energy into chemical energy. Photosynthesis also produces energy-rich carbohydrates like starch. Photosynthesis occurs in the chloroplast of a plant cell... more
  • RuBisCo: a protein important for plants to be able to pull carbon dioxide out of the air and convert it into sugar.
  • Stomata: tiny openings in the leaves of plants.
  • Thylakoid: the disk-shaped parts of a plant cell where light-dependent reactions occur... more

Flashcard facts and information about photosynthesis

Biology Bits stories are a great way for you to learn about biology a little bit at a time. We’ve broken down information into pieces that are very tiny—bite-sized biology cards. Cutting out the cards will let you organize them however you want, or use them as flashcards while you read.

This set of bits will teach you about the process plants use to make their own food: photosynthesis. To learn more about the science behind photosynthesis, visit Snacking on Sunlight

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Here are some pieces of biology that you can sink your teeth into. One bit at a time.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.