The clay biomolecule lab is designed to help students remember the structure of biomolecule monomers and how much energy they hold within their carbon-carbon bonds.
This is an easy inexpensive lab to set up especially since all the materials are reusable. It cost me about $25.00 and I used for all five classes I teach over a course of two days.
I have included editable files in case you need to make adjustments to the color key or instructions.
The students will be building glucose, a fatty acid chain, an amino acid and a nucleotide. I teach 45-minute classes and it took most of my students one and a half class periods to complete it. After they build each monomer they will need to count the number of carbon-carbon bonds and then using the value of 348 kJ/mol calculate how much energy each monomer has within the carbon-carbon bonds only.
This feature incorporates math and solidifies the students' understanding of how much the energy levels of the biomolecule groups vary.
For teachers using Schoology, I added a set of instructions which requires students to upload pictures of their molecules into their group's gallery. This is an excellent way to add technology into your classroom. You can easily edit this for Google classrooms as well.
The Biochemistry of Biomolecules Powerpoint, Foldable and 16 Word Wall Sheets