ATP Model Activity

Grade Levels
9th - 10th
Resource Type
Formats Included
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8 pages
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In this ATP activity, students will use construction paper, scissors, glue, and a brad to create a paper model of the ATP-ADP cycle. On the main large piece of construction paper, students will construct an ADP molecule. They will create a spinning wheel using a brad and a piece of smaller construction paper to be spun to show when a 3rd phosphate is attached, representing ATP and stored energy, and when that 3rd phosphate is removed, representing energy being released for the cell to use. After, they will reflect on what they learned. This is a great and FUN way to help your students visualize the structure of ATP.

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What is included?

  • 2 pages of teacher implementation notes, including suggestions for accommodating higher and lower level students (PDF)
  • 1 page of templates for students to use (PDF)
  • 2 pages of sample student work (PDF)
  • 2 pages of student handouts (PDF)
  • 1 page answer key (PDF)

What other materials will I need for my students to do this activity?

You will need to provide the following for your students:

  • A few paper plates for students to trace for a wheel (I have 4-5 available for students to use, as needed)
  • A box of brads (will need 1 per student)
  • Various colors of large and small construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers

Why should I use this product in my classroom?

I LOVE using this resource in my classroom as a hands-on way for students to help students really understand the structure and function of ATP, as well as to reinforce a major theme of life science - that form dictates function!

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Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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