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Students study chiral molecules and why they are important in carbohydrate and protein chemistry. They determine the different biochemical properties of molecules. They watch a teacher lead multimedia presentation and build models before designing a slideshow of their own.
In this naming compounds with functional groups worksheet, students read about using the IUPAC rules for naming these compounds and they draw structures for 3 -carbon, 2-carbon and 4-carbon molecules and give the names for each.
Three steps are needed to extract DNA from learners' inner cheek cells. The procedure and reasons for each step are explained. As enzymes work on the cells, a series of questions are answered regarding the structure of the DNA molecule. As the third step is in process, questions about DNA replication are also addressed. Finally, the DNA strands are placed into tiny tubes and hung on necklaces for biologists to wear home! If you can obtain the tubes, this would be a unique and memorable enrichment.
Learners perform several tests on liquids. In this general science activity, students compare the properties of polymeric and nonpolymeric liquids. They explain the composition and importance of macromolecules.
Ninth graders generate and analyze data to determine which and how much of two polymers best absorb oils, formulate procedure to accurately determine how many times its own weight particular polymer can absorb, and develop understanding of chemical nature and possible applications of various polymers.
Students study carbon molecules and understand their many different shaped structures.  In this chemistry lesson students analyze photos taken of their models.
Students create a polymer ball in the lab. In this chemistry activity, students identify the different properties of the polymer they created. They explain what type of chemical reaction took place.
Students explore materials by researching plastic. In this polymers lesson, students identify the many items in their households that utilize plastic and experiment with some of them in class. Students visit a recycling program outside of school or create collages from recycled plastic items.
Students create a borax solution to process the slime they are creating. With the sheer size of the PVA molecules, students get a real world example of how large organic molecules can become. The see the conductivity, malleability, solubility, hardness, melting point, and boiling point of the substance as they create it. Finally, they explore silly putty's website to get excited about the experiment.
Students describe the characteristics of polymers and rubbers and how they improve human lives.  In this shock lesson students build a shock absorbing structure using different polymer materials. 
Students mix two different solutions to become more familiar with molecules and polymers. In this chemistry lesson, students decide whether or not the reaction between two solutions is chemical or physical. Students then observe the newly made material and examine its properties.
For this molecular compounds worksheet, students fill in 9 blanks with the appropriate terms related to bonding and molecules, they determine if 5 statements are true or false, they match 5 terms with their meanings and they solve 3 problems about atoms, molecules and compounds.
Learners investigate what happens when mixing two solutions. In this solutions lesson, students experiment to explain what happens when mixing two solutions and to tell what polymers are. They follow directions carefully to complete an experiment in which they make a silly putty type material.
Students investigate the structure and purpose of the DNA molecule. It is constructed with edible products as they are taught about the different proteins that make up the DNA. The outcome of the lesson is students have an edible model of the DNA molecule.
Learners participate in a demonstration about the polymer by sticking a needle through a balloon.
Students make a starch-glucose solution and pour it through gel in order to separate the starch from the glucose. They examine how starch is a larger molecule than glucose and test for the presence of these substances using other chemicals.
High schoolers experiment using the basic principles of gel filtration. They use the gel filtration technique for testing for the presence of specific substances. Students discover that starch is a larger molecule than glucose.
Students predict the shape of molecules using VSEPR theory. In this chemistry lesson, students differentiate a polar and nonpolar molecule. They discuss why water's polarity is very important.
Students explore the different types of polymers while participating in a hands-on activity. The students, themselves, will be the different atoms and molecules involved in making a polymer to help them learn about the structure of these unique molecules.
Students investigate properties of common molecules. In this chemistry lesson plan, students construct polymer models to gain a better understanding of the properties of polymers.

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