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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.
Use this video to explain how Diabetes affects insulin production. Processing glucose is the main concept explained in this resource. It gives valuable details about the regular, pre, and post-meal normal levels of blood sugar concentration, and how they are affected over time by the different levels of insulin generated in diabetics.
Lab groups fill a section of dialysis tubing with glucose and starch solutions and suspend it in a water bath. They use iodine as a starch indicator and a glucose test strip to find out if either of the materials crossed the selectively permeable membrane into the water. This classic experiment is laid out in a way that keeps biologists on target and engaged in the learning experience. Photos and diagrams help make the concepts clear.
If your students need more information about diabetes measurements, this video will be very useful. Sal explains the correlation between glucose and hemoglobin and resulting bonds that affect the levels of Hemoglobin AC1 (hemoglobin AC1) in the blood. By explaining how rates of AC1 formation are affected, Sal is able to demonstrate that doctors can estimate a measure of glucose over time.
Begin the lesson by having your class write what they know about diabetes. They learn through a skit how the body metabolizes glucose. A visual representation of the two types of diabetes is displayed, and then learners participate in role-playing patients with diabetes and their doctors. Handouts and teachers notes are provided. The link to the skit does not work, but the skit is easily located via an online search. It's not an exciting lesson, but it is educational and pertinent, especially with the epidemic levels of diabetes in the Western culture. A few of the student research links are broken, but the majority do work.
This could be really good, or it could be really bad! The crime to be solved is, "Who went pee in the flowerpot?" Given four imitation urine samples, young chemists or crime scene investigators perform pH, glucose, and turbidity tests to uncover the perpetrator. Whereas this is a sound lesson in making observations, if you have any students with the same name as the boys in the story, you may want to change them to minimize excessive laughter!
In this fractions in chemistry instructional activity, students solve 2 problems where they state all the answers as simple fractions or integers. They determine ratios of molecules in gasoline and they find ratio of molecules in the creation of glucose in plants.
High schoolers decompose glucose and write an equation for the reaction. In this decomposition reaction lesson plan, students burn a sample of glucose and test the products for water using cobalt chloride paper. They write a balanced equation for the decomposition of glucose and answer 3 analysis questions.
Students test for organic molecules to determine if a solution contains once living molecules. In this characteristics of life lesson, students test common liquids for the presence of organic molecules, including starch, protein, and glucose. Based on the results of the test, students determine if the liquid contains molecules that were once in living things.
Students conduct a variety of experiments to explore protein. In this biology lesson, students solve a mystery by testing for the presence of glucose, protein starch and triglycerides. They explain how DNA transcription and translation happen.
Learners administer and experiment to identify the difference(s) between miscible and immiscible liquids and observe and descriptively record what type of mixture results. They describe and explain what chages take place over a period of time. Finally, students draw the structural formulas for glucose, sucrose, cellulose, a fatty acid (oleic acid) and a long straight chain hydrocarbon like decane.
Students discuss food and the food groups and their organic nature. They test 3 different solutions and test for protein, starch and glucose. In addition, they create a master table on the board to collect all the teams results.
In this enzymes worksheet, students conduct an experiment to show how enzymes can be used to convert glucose to fructose. This worksheet has 1 short answer question.
This is an effective visual illustration of what is happening in the bodies of individuals who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Using simple symbols and language, these two videos summarize the key concepts of the pancreas' inability to produce the insulin that allows for proper cell absorption of glucose. Tip: Have class members compare and contrast the two videos and what distinctions are drawn between the two diseases.
See chemical formulas and notes written out on a Smart Board as cellular respiration is explained. The role of glucose and the process of glycolysis enter into the conversation, as well as the Kreb's cycle. This resource would work well in an upper-level biology, chemistry, or anatomy class.
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest lactose. Scientists look at the DNA and the history of two cultures that might explain why. Follow the video with one of the accompanying lab activities in which biochemistry learners measure glucose changes over time after adding lactose (milk) to simulated intestinal fluid samples (lactase solution). This is a thick and creamy lesson!
Meet adorable animated chloroplasts as they, with the help of the sun, produce glucose. In this four-minute feature, viewers learn how carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and electrons are combined to form carbohydrates. The narrator also explains how glucose is broken down in our bodies into ATP, which we use as energy. After the video, your class can discuss the accompanying Think questions as a review.
New Review Nature's Smallest Factory: The Calvin Cycle
The two-step process of photosynthesis is explained to your high school biologists with a focus on the Calvin cycle. Using adorable animation, the cycle is likened to a tiny, sustainable factory. Even though the enzyme-bird rubisco and the enzyme-cat NADPh work the factory in this cartoon, the chemical reactions are each explained in splendid detail. Have your advanced biology class view this when covering biochemical processes.
Students investigate foods. In this biology lesson plan, students will conduct testing on different types of foods as they learn about different molecules that make them up. Students will also learn about the shapes of the molecules.
Review general biology concepts with this fun version of Jeopardy. There are actually two separate games within this set of slides. The first covers scientific method, ecology, properties of water, and enzymes, while the second covers macromolecules, cell structure, genetics, and more! Most high schoolers will enjoy practicing for an exam with this PowerPoint and it is easily adaptable to any biology course.