Photosynthesis (or Gimme Some Sugar)

The following is a comic book story about photosynthesis. It was posted one page at a time and feedback from educators and researchers helped guide the refinement of the science presented. Anyone who teaches photosynthesis is welcome to use as much or as little as they like for their classes. If you do use it in your classes, let us know how it worked!

Read it online or download a pdf of the story.















73 thoughts on “Photosynthesis (or Gimme Some Sugar)

  1. I could possibly generate a bit of input by posting your story on my blog (German science blog). Plus, I’d have some content for a new post! Would that be ok with you?

  2. Hi Cheryl,
    I hope to use this for my college level Intro Bio course, but ideally I would like to make something useful for high school level as well.

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  17. I’ve passed this around to a few faculty members that teach intro biology. One student told me that this helped her immensely in her botany class because she can recall the cartoon better than the written process or molecular structures.

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  20. Absolutely brilliant! I laughed and laughed! I have given the link to my first-year biology class… here’s hoping they like it as well. Just the right mix of funny and fact! Is aerobic respiration next? 🙂

  21. Thanks, Cindy! Please let me know what your students think. I used the comic to introduce photosynthesis to my students this year. When we finished and I said that the next topic was respiration three people raised their hands to ask if there was a comic for that. Looks like I have to do it now!

  22. thank you so much.i am dr.addy student, very helpfull. i hope there were more like this.and thank you dr. cidny for posting it on our bb.

  23. Hi,
    This is great!!! Fantastic job you did there!
    I am a teacher for biology in Germany and would like to ask if I may use that for my 12th-grade biology-course.
    Yours Gesa!

  24. Thanks, Gesa. You certainly may use it for your class. I hope that your students enjoy it and that you find it useful!

  25. this is amazing, i love it! i am a high school bio student-teacher, and i’m going to use a few slides to help keep their interest, thanks so much for helping make photosynthesis more interesting (to those who don’t already find it so)

  26. And if you catch that interest, they can read it online for free. I call that win-win! Thanks for giving it a try. I really hope your students like it.

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  28. Thank you SO MUCH! I can’t wait to show this to my 10th grade bio students!

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  30. Oh man this is such an awesome explanation of photosynthesis to the point where I had to share it with my intro biology class at UC Santa Cruz. Keep up the good work!!!!

  31. That was so cute! And explained it a whole lot better than what my textbook had written, thanks so much!

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  33. Great visual representation of photosynthesis!! Loved being able to review this before my exam on the topic. 🙂

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