Learn how plants survive with a photosynthesis concept map

Make challenging topics—like photosynthesis—easier for students to understand with FigJam’s classroom-ready diagramming templates.

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Photosynthesis concept map

Introduce your entire class to the multi-step process of photosynthesis using this editable template.

Synthesize info, so your students can blossom

Water down the complexity of photosynthesis with a visual map that students can use to better understand how each step works.

Simplify the process: Break down larger concepts into smaller, more understandable chunks.

See the forest for the trees: Understand the bigger picture of photosynthesis with a zoomed-out visual overview.

Think critically: Analyze each step independently and apply these ideas to other scientific topics.

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Now, it’s easy being green

Work together to create a visual map that quickly demonstrates how plants use photosynthesis. Use our entity- and content-modeling widgets to make the learning process engaging and interactive for students. From polls and voting to team options, every student can have fun while absorbing the material.

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Make learning an interactive experience for your students, no matter the topic. Use FigJam’s other diagramming templates as helpful visual aids throughout the learning process.


A photosynthesis concept map is a learning tool that lets students more easily and concretely understand the steps of photosynthesis by using a clear visual aid. For many students, it’s easier to know how photosynthesis works with a visible breakdown of the process. With this editable concept map, photosynthesis can come to life right in front of their eyes as they participate in the creation of the chart themselves.

Similar to a human being inhaling, plants start by essentially “breathing” in carbon dioxide while simultaneously absorbing water from the ground. In the second stage, the water molecules (H2O) lose electrons in the plant cell, while carbon dioxide (CO2) gains electrons.

During stage three—the light-dependent reaction—the plant uses water and sunlight to create oxygen (O2). Simultaneously, during stage four—the Calvin Cycle—the plant converts carbon dioxide and the energy carrier ATP into glucose sugar. Finally, in step five, they store the glucose as energy and release the oxygen, like a human exhale. Much like our own breathing, this process then repeats over and over.

The main idea behind photosynthesis is that plants can make their food by simply absorbing and converting the necessary compounds. They transform sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into energy they can use and oxygen that we can breathe. From trees and flowers to moss and algae, all plants use photosynthesis to survive and thrive in their environments. This complicated, multi-step process is best broken down using interactive, visual diagramming tools, like FigJam’s concept map of photosynthesis.

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