This Organic Compounds coloring activity is a fun way to cover biochemistry concepts such as the characteristics of carbon, identification of macromolecules, carbohydrates, lipids, protein, nucleic acids, and more. (See complete list of concepts below.) Students will complete a set of 50 review questions. Each correct answer will lead to a code for coloring a section of the coloring page. As students progress through the questions, the picture slowly comes to life. This resource includes student worksheets, two coloring page versions, complete answer key, and a teacher guide. Students love to color!
What is included in this resource?
- Full Size Student Coloring Page PDF - Not Editable
- Half Size Student Coloring Page PDF - Not Editable
- Student Questions Worksheet - Editable
- Coloring Page Answer Key
- Questions Worksheet Answer Key
- Teacher Guide
What will the students be doing?
- Students are given the four-page handout containing the macromolecules review questions and the coloring page (full size or half size) you have selected. You decide which is best for your students.
- As each question is completed, students will color the appropriate sections on the coloring page.
- As students progress through the activity, the picture comes to life.
What concepts are covered?
This activity consists of 50 review questions on organic compounds.
- Carbon Compounds: Definition of “organic compound”, the characteristics of carbon that allow for the building of a large variety of biological molecules.
- Functional Groups: Definition of functional group. Four common functional groups are covered: Hydroxyl, carboxyl, amino, and phosphate groups.
- Macromolecules; Definition of macromolecule, groups of macromolecules, polymerization, monomers, polymers, condensation reactions, hydrolysis reactions.
- Carbohydrates: Examples of carbohydrates, characteristics of carbohydrates, building blocks or monomers of carbohydrates, monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, starch, glycogen, cellulose.
- Lipids: Examples of lipids, characteristics of lipids, building blocks or monomers of lipids, nonpolar nature of lipids, fatty acids, glycerol, saturated and unsaturated fats, triglycerides, phospholipids, waxes.
- Proteins: Examples of proteins, characteristics of proteins, building blocks or monomers of proteins, the structure of amino acids, polypeptides, the relationship between shape and function of proteins.
- Nucleic Acids: Types of nucleic acids, building blocks of nucleic acids.
What materials are needed?
- One coloring page per student
- One 4-Page Question handout per student
- 24-count Crayola Colored Pencils Set.
- Students will need these 14 colors: Red, gray, pink, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, yellow, orange, black, light brown, dark brown, tan, and purple.
How can this resource be used?
- Complete as a whole classroom activity as you teach your lessons on biochemistry
- Homework Assignment
- Quiz on organic compounds
- Review for Unit Test
- Substitute Teacher Folder Activity
- End of Course Test Review
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