Carbohydrates Teacher Resources

Some nutritionists advise dieters to avoid carbs—but is that a good idea? How can you maintain a healthy diet while keeping your nutrition regulated? What role do carbohydrates play in the body, anyway?

Learn all about the building blocks of energy with Lesson Planet’s teacher-curated health resources, including a full unit on nutritional basics and a video on the chemical functions of carbohydrates. For a more thorough look at the nutritional value of fast food (or the lack thereof), check out a math lesson that prompts health students to analyze the carbohydrates in an average burger and fries meal. A colorimetry activity focuses on the protein content of sports drinks and how it affects the body differently than carbohydrates.

Teaching biology or biochemistry? Add a presentation on the ways carbohydrates affect one’s molecular structure to your curriculum. Also, consider showing a video on photosynthesis to explain how chloroplasts produce glucose, and how our biological condition is connected to that of the plants around us.

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Carbohydrates

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Suitable for any biochemistry unit, this worksheet helps learners summarize what they know about carbohydrates. They explain the elements found in carbohydrate molecules, the roles carbohydrates play, and the chemical structure of...
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Carbohydrates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Give biology or chemistry or biochemistry learners a good serving of carbohydrate with this PowerPoint. They will view slides that differentiate among monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. They learn how starch and...
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Carbohydrate Consumption, Athletic Performance and Health – Using Science Process Skills to Understand the Evidence

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should athletes carb load before an event or consume carbohydrates during the competition? Scholars discuss how to set up a hypothesis and experiment to answer a question relating carbohydrates and athletic performance. Then, they read...
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Carbohydrates

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates? The video answers that question and more. It covers monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides.
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What's Cooking? Carbohydrates

For Students 6th - 12th
Chef Jamika is at it again, highlighting math and science in her cooking demonstrations. In this episode, ratios and fractions are introduced within the main topic of carbohydrates and the direction for making succotash! The general...
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Basic Biochemistry - Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
You are what you eat, right down to your molecular structure. A hearty presentation begins with the two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex. Then it details proteins and amino acids. It ends by reviewing the three types of fats,...
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Carbohydrates

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
If you eat too many carbohydrates, they convert into fats, but if you eat too few, you become dizzy and weak due to low blood sugar. The video explains the chemical function of carbohydrates. It offers an idea of their importance and...
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Who Took Jerell's iPod? ~ An Organic Compound Mystery

For Students 7th - 12th
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,...
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The Simple Story of Photosynthesis and Food

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Meet adorable, animated chloroplasts as they produce glucose with the help of the sun. Viewers learn how carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and electrons are combined to form carbohydrates with an engaging video. The narrator also explains how...
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Carbohydrates: Disaccharides & Polysaccharides

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Feed your young chemists a carbohydrate feast with this presentation. Partakers will ingest molecules of maltose, lactose, sucrose, cellulose, and more! This concise lesson introduces viewers to the molecular structure of different...
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The New Pyramid - Nutrition

For Teachers 5th - 10th
What are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats? What kinds of foods have these components? Here's a nice introductory lesson on foods and calories that will answer these, and many more questions 
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Biological Molecules

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the structure and function of biomolecules. In this food molecule lesson, 9th graders will examine various  types of biomolecules such as  carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. They will analyze...
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Polymers and Crystals: Their Role in Food Science

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Blend chemistry with cooking in this exploration of polymers, carbohydrates, and food science. Experimenting with gelatin produces concrete examples of the bonding and ploymerization discussed in the lesson. Copious, comprehensive...
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Lipids

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Not only will biochemists answer 15 questions about lipid molecules, they will also review what they know about carbohydrate molecules. This is a straightforward assignment that lists the questions and allows space for writing answers....
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Carbohydrates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Do you know what table sugar and the exoskeleton of crustaceans have in common? They are both types of carbohydrates. The video explains the three types of carbohydrates: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. It gives...
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The Chemical Building Blocks of Life

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Amateur biologists examine the macromolecules that are foundational to life: proteins,  lipids, and carbohydrates. This worksheet is composed of five pages of questions and plenty of space to write answers. Learners will explore such...
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Organic Molecules - The "Stuff" of Life

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A succinct set of slides introduces upcoming chemists to the building blocks of life. The special properties of carbon are explained so that viewers understand why life is based on this molecule. Biomolecules (protein, lipid,...
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Biomoleucle Unit Review

For Students 9th - 12th
Biochemistry scholars will be well prepared for an exam on biomolecules after completing this concise assignment! There are 75 short-answer questions about the chemical makeup, functions, and relationships between organic molecules....
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Enzymes, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Digestion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Did you know that different types of food are digested in different parts of the body? Proteins are primarily digested in the stomach, fats in the small intestine, and carbohydrates begin to break down in the mouth. This highly...
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Nutrition: How Much Fat Am I Eating?

For Students 6th - 10th
How much fat is in this? Scholars first read some background information on the caloric content of fats versus carbohydrates, and then use that knowledge to analyze foods they regularly eat. They will look at 5 package labels for the...
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Organic Molecules

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce viewers to the organic compounds with this presentation. It does not contain much information; it is mostly comprised of bullet points for each topic: monomers, polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. No...
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Personal Health Series - Healthy Snacking Quiz

For Students 6th - 9th
Test your learners' healthy snacking know-how with this quiz. This quiz is made up of 10 questions about how to choose a healthy snack. Topics include food labels, carbohydrates, healthy snack choices, and high-fat foods. Use this quiz...
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The Crucial Concentration

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Which sports drink provides the best pick-me-up after the big game or grueling workout? It may not be the one you'd think! Food science is the focus in a surprising lab activity. Pupils use colorimetry to determine the amount of protein,...
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An Introduction to Four Groups of Biologically Important Compounds

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students learn about the four biochemicals that are important biologically. In this biochemicals lesson plan, students identify the four major groups of biochemicals including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. They are...