Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids and Nucleic acids, also sometimes referred to as "Biomolecules" are the 4 main organic chemistry molecule categories of which all living things are made of. Allowing your students to understand these 4 molecules in depth will help them understand all of the living things that are made of them! From cellular respiration and energy cycles with sugar, to cell membranes of lipids, to genetics and heredity with DNA, and the numerous control and structural mechanisms of proteins, students will be able to build all year on the concepts taught using these activities.
These activities introduce and teach important information about "biomolecules", creating a student centered or "flipped" classroom. There is very little teacher lecture and some teacher led review. Modeling activities help students grasp the somewhat abstract concepts of monomers and polymers and to analyze the structural similarities and differences between the major classes of "biomolecules". The identification activities allow students to learn how indicators work and what indicator is useful in detecting what "biomolecule", information that is invaluable if you plan to ask students to write their own procedures as suggested in the Common Core Writing for Science standards.
NOTE: I love to wrap these lessons up with a reflective/argument writing assignment forcing students to defend the use of different "biomolecules" in the diets of different athletes (check out my "Food Lab" on TPT).
These activities are aimed at high school level students in Biology classes, but these activities would be valuable for organic chemistry lessons in Chemistry class as well. These lessons have been aligned to common core standards as well as NGSS.
Included: Teacher instructions and lecture/review notes for all activities and review, biomolecule chart and identification worksheet for students to make notes on throughout the activities, modeling activity for carbohydrates, modeling activity for proteins, modeling activity for lipids, procedure for chemical identification tests, paper models of monomers of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids, power point introducing organic chemistry and biomolecules and reviewing carbohydrates, power point discussing nucleic acids (nucleic acids are not included in activities, but only in power point, because their study is usually, and should be, a separate unit), power point reviewing proteins and lipids, power point with review for all biomolecules and chemical test suggestions.