This quick and easy activity gets students up out of their seats to show their understanding of macromolecules as a class. All students must work together to match up a macromolecule to its monomers, elements, food sources, and examples. This activity comes in a word document that you can customize completely if you want to add more matches or change the size of the cards.
*The original uncut sheets can be used as an answer key since the characteristics are listed across from the corresponding macromolecule.
How To Use:
You can utilize these matches in any way you see fit, but I'll give you a few examples.
1. Classroom game
I use these in my classroom as a classroom game after we finish learning the characteristics of macromolecules. I cut out each macromolecule and characteristic cards separately (you can laminate these if you'd like for longer use). I then pass out one card to each student randomly, but making sure each characteristic will have a matching macromolecule. Students can then go around the classroom trying to find a match for their card. Once students find a match I have them line up across from their match and one by one we go down the line and read the cards out loud so the whole class can hear the answers. You can then shuffle the cards and repeat as many times as preferred. If you want to add a challenge you can time students each round and see if they can match up faster each round.
2. Individual/Partner Game
If students don't have room to move around the classroom or you want a more individualized review, you can give each student the whole set of cards and have them match all the cards individually or with a partner/small group. You can set up a competition to see which students/groups finish the quickest to add some extra motivation. This version gives each student more exposure to all the information for a more in depth understanding of the topic.
The cards in this activity can also double as plain flashcards for students to use individually or with a partner. Students can cut out each row with the macromolecule and characteristic together and fold in the middle to create flash cards, or if they are already all cut out they can glue the macromolecule to the back of the characteristic or simply just write the macromolecule on the back. Students can then use these whenever they finish work early to study the information.