Molecular Models Inquiry Lab Activity | Chemistry of Life, Molecules Grades 9-11

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Scientifically Inspired
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9th - 11th, Homeschool
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My class of sophomores enjoyed drawing the pictures of the molecules and then trying their hand at making them with the modeling kits.
This was a useful activity. It would work better if you the exact same molecular model kit as shown in the activity. Nice to have examples and an answer key.


Curious about how carbon-based macromolecules are essential to life? With this guided inquiry lab, high school biology students of all levels can gain an in-depth, 3D understanding of these important molecules! Using molecular model kits (not included) to create 11 molecules of increasing complexity, students explore single, double and triple bonds in a fun, experiential way. From the formation of carbon rings to lipids, proteins, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, they gain a deep appreciation of how carbon shapes the basis of life. Add this lab to your Chemistry of Life unit and let the creativity, self-discovery, and learning begin!

This guided inquiry lab is designed for high school Biology students who have no prior experience with molecular modeling.


What's Included:

☑ Student Lab Sheet

☑ Teacher Answer Key

☑ Teacher Instructions

☑ Tips for Success

☑ Alignment to PA Standards and Next Generation Standards


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Total Pages
8 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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