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Molecules of Life: Modeling Carbohydrates, Lipids, & Proteins

Kit #505

This kit is devoted to the study of the chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, all important components of living organisms. Through the building of models and the drawing and analysis of chemical and structural formulas, students learn about similarities and differences among key organic “molecules of life,” including how they are produced.

Details at a Glance

  • 2-3 Days | 2-3 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 16 groups of 2 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable
  • Includes digital resources

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Molecules of Life: Modeling Carbohydrates, Lipids, & Proteins

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Scientific Concepts

•Living cells synthesize organic and inorganic molecules.
•Natural organic compounds contain carbon and hydrogen and are produced by living organisms.
•Carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins are important components of living organisms.
•Models help scientists visualize and understand many concepts and processes.
Key Vocabulary: alcohol, chemical formula, isomer, protein, atom, dehydrate, lipid,  structural formula, bond, fatty acid, molecule, synthesis, carbohydrate, hydrolysis, nucleic acid, chemical equation, inorganic compound, organic compound

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide
  • 36 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 1 Package of 928 white “bonds”
  • 1 Package of 512 white “hydrogen atoms”
  • 1 Package of 240 black “carbon atoms”
  • 1 Package of 208 red “oxygen atoms”
  • 1 Package of 64 blue “nitrogen atoms”
  • 16 Resealable plastic bags

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