This paper lab or simulation is a great way for students to create an enzymatic pathway with just paper, scissors, and a stopwatch! Students work in groups to cut paper substrates and learn about enzymatic rates in the process.
This resource is included in my Enzymes Mini-Unit. The unit also includes graphing activities and tutorials/worksheets.
Many of my questions are intended to get students to think deeper. These are not recall questions and students do not find them easy! They are challenging and I designed them this way. With lower level classes, the teacher may need to give students clues or lead them through a few questions to get them started. Only advanced students can complete these questions with no help.
This resource only requires teacher-cut paper copies of a simple “substrate”, three pairs of scissors, and a stopwatch/phone with a timer. Students can graph their results and calculate their “enzyme” rates. There are also two separate extension activities for more advanced classes, one adds an inhibitor to their enzymatic reactions and one encourages them to bring their understanding of activation energy and free energy diagrams to their experiment. An answer key and detailed teacher instructions are included (see my preview to see the teacher instructions).
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