Biochemistry Teacher Resources
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The Four Groups of Biologically Important Compounds
This is not they typical set of teacher instructions. It is an organized chart of the important organic compounds. For each, the involved elements, the name of the building block monomers, the names of polymers, extra information, and a class demonstration is listed. Use this as a guide for preparing your lecture and demonstrations when introducing biology or biochemistry pupils to the biologically significant materials. You could even have your class do the demonstrations as a lab activity.
2002 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad National Exam - Part III
Two laboratory problems are put forth for chemistry students. They are to plan and carry out an experiment that will answer each of the questions. The first asks them to investigate a relationship between the surface area of a potato and decomposition rate of hydrogen peroxide. The second requires that they determine the equilibrium constant for a reaction involving urea. All of these National Chemistry Olympiad exams are tremendous resources to use in your classroom as lab investigations or practical exams.
Enzymes Help Us Digest Food ~ Introduction to Sugars and Enzymes
Three terrific experiments are delineated in this biology resource. After an explanatory introduction to sugars and enzyme activity, biochemists discover whether lactase is needed to digest lactose, sucrose, and milk as a whole. High school science lab skills are required for these investigations. Use them when your biology or biochemistry class is studying enzymes or digestion.
Who Took Jerell's iPod? ~ An Organic Compound Mystery
Within the setting of a crime scene investigation, biochemistry beginners analyze organic compounds as a means of determining "Who dunnit." They use a brown paper test for lipids, glucose test strips and iodine to identify carbohydrates, and Biuret reagent for proteins. They apply what they experience to the lunch remains of the suspects in order to solve the mystery of who stole Jerell's iPod. The procedures, data tables, and evaluation questions are well-written, making this an A+ activity.
Photosynthesis Lesson Plans
You can teach students about the importance of plants and the process of photosynthesis with motivating lesson plans. Follow along and find out how one science teacher uses experiments, stories, and her love of plants to get kids excited about photosynthesis.
Nucleic Acids ~ Information Storage and Energy Transfer
This is a polished presentation of the nucleic acids. It is unique in that it examines both the genetic material and the energy molecules. Usually these are addressed separately even though they are both nucleic acids. This approach is most appropriate for your biochemistry buffs. It is straightforward, educational, and contains explanatory diagrams. It earns an A+!
Breast Cancer Risk
How does one determine whether or not someone is at risk for breast cancer? Find out through a comprehensive case study involving two readings and a group activity in which learners assess four women's potential for acquiring the disease. There are many opportunities for extensions described in the teaching notes, so differentiation for this lesson plan is an option for those kids looking to delve deeper into the topic.
New! The Variety and Roles of Microbes
Mini microbiologists play a card game in which they group microorganisms by groups: virus, fungus, protist, or bacteria. Then they identify the roles different microbes play in the natural world and explore how humans effectively use certain microorganisms in food production and industry. This lesson is part of a unit on microbes, and is a fun addition to any middle school microbiology curriculum.
New! Milestones in Microbiology
Life science learners read a set of six short Discovery Readings that describe historical events in the field of microbiology. For each, they identify clues about when the event occurred and then they try to arrange events in chronological order. It is a nice addition to a the unit on microbes.
New! Comparing Sizes of Microorganisms
Kids compare what printed text looks like with the naked eye and under magnification. They discuss the extremely small scale that must be used to measure the size. They learn about the micrometer unit, then draw scale models of a variety of microorganisms based on information obtained from a microbe scaling chart. The result is a "Microbial Mural." Incorporate art and math into your life science by implementing this resource.
New! Microbes Are Everywhere
In a nutshell, your class will culture bacteria from their choice of surfaces. You will need to prepare or purchase agar plates. If you are new to this classic biology activity, this resource carefully walks you through the process of preparing the plates and the implementation of the lesson. It includes safety information and extension ideas. The objective is to teach your class that microbes are everywhere and that they are amazingly varied.
New! Post-Assessment: And Now, What Do You Know About Microbes?
Your life science class works in their groups to review the concept maps that they have constructed over the course of a microbiology unit. They share what they have learned with the rest of the class. In a second session, they are given the same assessment that they took on the first day of the unit. They compare their answers for the post-assessment to their answers to the pre-assessment responses. They will be encouraged by what they now know about microbes!
New! Defending Against Microbes
In the preceding lesson from the unit, beginning biologists discovered that microorganisms are everywhere, so the question follows, why are we not sick all of the time? Class members read and discuss an article in small groups about immunity. They do a little additional research online and use gathered information to complete an included crossword puzzle. The lesson can be used as part of the unit, or alone in a health curriculum as well.
The Clark Family Story: Tracing the Cause of Hemophilia
Ms. Strohfeldt did not omit anything when she designed this comprehensive lesson plan on DNA mutation and sex-linked traits. Begin with a pretest as an anticipatory set. Read a case history of the Clark family and the occurrence of hemophilia in the family. Biologists perform a simulation of a gel electrophoresis for each member of the family and explore DNA sequences. You will find detailed teacher's notes, worksheets with answer keys, and resource links to help you teach this lesson.
Grossmont College - Chem 116 Practice Exam 3
This biochemistry practice exam queries takers on the organic molecules. Pupils write IUPAC names, identify boiling and melting points of different compounds, and more. This is definitely designed for a college-level biochemistry course, but if you have an AP chemistry class that is addressing some of these concepts it may be useful for you as well.
Chemistry 116 Exam 2 Summer 2009
Written for an introductory organic and biochemistry course, this exam will challenge your class. They label functional groups and stereocenters on drawings of molecules, draw structures given the name, complete drawings of chemical reactions, and answer questions about the characteristics of organic compounds. There are 13 problems in all, and a periodic table is provided for reference.
Chemistry 116 Exam 1, Spring 2009
This five-page exam was designed for a biochemistry and organic chemistry course. It covers the molecular geometry and properties of organic comounds. Test takers identify compounds, functional groups, and isomers. They draw Lewis structures and the products of chemical reactions.
7.012 Section Problem - Enzymes/Protein Structure
It says that it is for a general biology course, but it seems to be more specific to biochemistry. Enzyme action and amino acid structure are the topics of this college level worksheet. Takers match protease enzymes to their specificities. They answer questions and analyze graphs of enzyme activity.
7.014 Quiz 1 (Organic Processes)
Four multi-part questions and a chart of the amino acids fill the eleven pages of this biology assessment. Geared toward a college-level course, this resource queries takers about the structure and behavior of the cell membrane, photosynthesis, glycolysis, fermentation, respiration, and enzyme activity. This is appropriate for an organic chemistry or biochemistry course.
Properties of Water
For anyone studying biochemistry, it is important to understand the amazing properties of water. Here, learners draw the water molecule and explain the bonds it is able to form. They undertake explanations of adhesion, cohesion, solubility, and capillarity. They tell how the specific heat is of benefit to organisms and discuss ionization and buffer action. Note that the handout is a photocopy in pdf format rather than an original document.