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Molecules of Life: Modeling Carbohydrates, Lipids, & Proteins

kit #505

What are molecules of life? Science has proven that atoms unite into molecules, and that when molecules exchange atoms, new substances are created. Inorganic substances such as water, carbon dioxide, and oxygen, together with organic substances such as carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, make the protoplasm found within the cells of living organisms. The molecules of life are the molecules that make protoplasm.
In the Complete Molecules of Life kit, students study the chemistry of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Durable, color-coded plastic atoms are assembled, disassembled, and reassembled quickly and easily into 3-D molecules that provide highly graphic and extremely motivating learning experiences.
Carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins can be completed as a series of lab activities, or as separate units. Students can also work independently for enrichment or remedial study. Each module can be systematically subdivided into smaller sections so students can do the work when most appropriate.
This kit includes twelve packets of color-coded molecular model components (one for each group of two students), a Teacher's Guide, and 36 student worksheets. Additional sets of molecular model components are available as ADD A GROUP item # 505EL.


  • Build 3-dimensional models of carbohydrates, fats and protein
  • Determine the molecular characteristics of carbohydrates, fats and protein
  • Understand the structure and function of carbohydrates, fats and protein in relation to the chemical processes of the human body
  • Compare molecular models to structural function
  • Build a simple starch molecule by dehydration synthesis
  • Study isomers

Content List in Molecules of Life: Modeling Carbohydrates, Lipids, & Proteins is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teacher’s Guide
36 Student Worksheets and Guides
12 Packages each containing: 15 C tetrahedral centers-black, 13 O double electron atoms-blue, 4 N tetrahedral centers-red, 32 H single electron atoms-white, 58 covalent electron bonds
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 12 per period

To complete the three activities in this kit will require three to six ~55 minute periods.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Molecules of Life: Modeling Carbohydrates, Lipids, & Proteins 505 $143.55
ADD A GROUP for Molecules of Life 505EL $13.20
Molecules of Life Modeling BILINGUAL ENG/SP 505-BL $145.70