Biomolecules - Proteins (Guided Learning)

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9th - 12th
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This activity was inspired by POGIL activities where students complete a number of tasks to build their knowledge on topic (formative learning). In this case, the topic is proteins and how they are long chains of amino acids held together by peptide bonds. The activity asks students to examine graphics and complete tasks regarding the images (such as place a square around the peptide bond) or count the number of amino acids in the chain. As they progress, they learn more details, such as the R chains, tertiary structures, and bonds that are created between the R groups to fold the protein.

Normally process guided inquiry learning is best done in small groups. This activity was created during the 2020 pandemic, so it was designed with remote learning in mind. Students can do this individually or they can work together in Zoom breakout rooms. I created this for AP Biology students which is also a dual credit course.

The download contains PowerPoint slides that students will use to complete tasks. The answer key is included in a separate word file which also contains a link to a Google Slides file. This file can easily be shared on google classroom.

The activity, as well as all of biologycorner activities are available for free at, but these free worksheets do not contain the answer keys.

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