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. Brilliant comic. I’m teaching photosynthesis in year 10 right now – unfortunately in German – I’d love to use the comic!

  2. Thank you so much for this, I’m going to give it to my grade 12’s tomorrow, I think that it will do a better job than any textbook, notes, or lecture that I could give them. I can’t wait to see how they respond. I may use this to develop some role-playing in the future, thanks for the great resource, and inspiration!

  3. So, it went over extremely well. I put this together with my student with ADHD in mind, and he asked why I can’t make a cartoon like this for every lesson. Hahaha. In any case, your cartoon was the talk of the science staff room today, the other teachers loved it. I made a worksheet to go with it, I’d love to share, if you’re interested (send me an email).
    Thanks again,


  4. I use the comic with my 7th grade homeschooled child as a repetition and we both LOVE it! We don’t learn biology in English but the comic is great opportunity to introduce a bit of science vocabulary. Thank you!

  5. I Home educate my son and he absolutely LOVES all your work, if you could just swiftly create graphic novels to cover the whole science curriculum I would be extremely grateful, thank you, you genius!

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  7. This is the most wonderful little comic. It teaches you so much, and I love the characters. Also, for any people out there, the book “Last of the Sandwalkers”, is the most. incomparable. book. in. the. world. Seriously. and family friendly.

  8. It help me understand better that light-dependent reaction build ATP and NADPH. Help understand how chlorophyll pass the electron to a neighbor. Also, that an excited electron pops off if it has enough photon energy.

  9. Dear Jay,
    I enjoyed reading your comics “Photosynthesis…” although I felt sometimes too much text in the bubbles !

    I wonder if a story on learning and memory using a bee and ant and maybe an aphid would be an idea to introduce the above concepts with invertebrates as we can pinpoint neurons/circuits involve much better than with complex vertebrates!
    Regards, Amauri

  10. This is so useless i failed my test becayse of this false information

  11. This is excellent, thank you.
    We are from South Africa and homeschool in our native tongue. May I translate it to Afrikaans and share on myhoneschool blog with other honeschoolers, lunking back to you as creator?

  12. i love ur comic strips on photosynthesis it is very useful in my class. can i use this as a source of learning materials in science? ur response is highly appreciated for me . thanks so much!

  13. Hi Maryna,
    Please feel free to translate. I would love to see the story in Afrikaans!

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