Tag: macromolecules

  • Reinforcement: The Chemistry of Life

    Reinforcement: The Chemistry of Life

    A reinforcement worksheet on the chemistry of life. Practice vocabulary on atoms, molecules, macromolecules, and properties of water.

  • Macromolecules:  The Building Blocks of Life

    Macromolecules: The Building Blocks of Life

    A process oriented lesson on how biomolecules are used by organisms to build tissues and maintain life. Focus is on chemistry and bonds withing molecules.

  • Boxing Biomolecules – A Game for Organics

    Boxing Biomolecules – A Game for Organics

    AP Biology students learn the four biological macromolecules by playing a game with boxes which have descriptions on each side.

  • Biomolecules – Guided Learning

    Biomolecules – Guided Learning

    This lesson was inspired by a POGIL lesson on proteins. Like other process oriented guided learning activities, students examine graphics and information. Then they perform tasks to build their knowledge and understanding of the topic. The slides start with the basic structure of an amino acid, where students identify the carboxyl and amine groups. Then…

  • Create a Concept Map of Biomolecules

    Create a Concept Map of Biomolecules

    This activity asks students to work in groups to create a concept map (graphic organizer) on the biological macromolecules:  carbohydrates, lipids, fats, and nucleic acids.   Students are given brief instructions and a sample map to get them started, but they are responsible for determining what details are important in each section.

  • Macromolecules: Sketchnotes

    In the past, I’ve had students create concept maps to help them organize the four macromolecules and related details.  This year, I modified the assignment to try to encourage the use of sketching to help students remember the details.  Students were asked to focus on one of the four macromolecules:  lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, or…

  • McMush Lab

    McMush Lab

    I designed this investigation for AP biology though it could be modified to work with students in introductory biology classes.  First students learn the four macromolecules important to life: carbohydrates, lipids,  proteins, and nucleic acids. They can then venture into the lab where they use indicators to test for the presence of these molecules in…