Reflection: Modeling Mono-, Di-, or Poly-? You Be The Judge - Section 2: Modeling To Make Meaning


As a veteran teacher, I have attempted to use just about anything to create models or connect to prior knowledge to support my students' learning.  In this lesson, students seem to relate to the demonstration with pop-beads because they are familiar with the child's toy and it makes a confusing chemical reaction seem elementary because it is modeled with a toy!  The children's toy is durable and can be passed around to all of the students to manipulate.  This simple demonstration models a more complex process for the students and makes learning biochemistry easy and fun!

  Chemistry Can Be Child's Play
  Modeling: Chemistry Can Be Child's Play
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Mono-, Di-, or Poly-? You Be The Judge

Unit 4: How It All Happens: An Introduction To Biochemistry
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: SWBAT predict the identity and create a structural model for each type of carbohydrate based on the results of this laboratory investigation.

Big Idea: What do carbohydrates look like in the real world? Students will test, identify, and model the structural differences between mono-, di-, and polysaccharides.

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Science, monomers, Biology / Life Science, Chemistry, Elements / Periodic Table, models, polymers, Biochemistry, carbohydrates, periodic table, lipids, nucleic acids, proteins, Organic Molecules
  65 minutes
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