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Standard 2
Students will understand that all organisms are composed of one or more cells that are made of molecules, come from preexisting cells, and perform life functions.
Objective 1
Describe the fundamental chemistry of living cells.
  • Analyzing Food
    Students will perform several tests on different foods to determine what types of macromolecules they contain.
  • Chemical Elements in Cells
    Students will understand the chemical elements that compose cells. They will be able to connect each element to something they are familiar with. They should demonstrate this by correctly identifying flash cards made by their peers.
  • Enzyme Action Lab
    Students use enzyme solutions to observe the effects of enzymes on different types of food.
  • Enzyme Bingo
    Students will play bingo by asking and answering questions and marking spaces on their game board about standard 2 objective 1.
  • Enzyme Board Games
    Students will create board games and then play each others games. The games will address major concepts related to enzymes.
  • Fun with Vegetables Inquiry Lab
    This is an inquiry lab investigating the function of enzymes and variables that influence them. Students will also practice designing a lab and writing a hypothesis.
  • Inquiry Labs on the Properties of Water
    Students will create 2 simple labs to investigate either cohesion, adhesion, capillary action, dissolving properties or heat capacity. They will also learn about independent and dependent variables.
  • Introduction Macromolecule Functions
    Students will fill out a comparison matrix investigating similarities and differences between the form and functions of macromolecules.
  • Liver and Enzymes
    Students use enzymes in liver to breakdown hydrogen peroxide. The reaction is measured by the temperature changes.
  • Macromolecules Identification
    Students will be able to identify the 4 major macromolecules in our bodies and the major chemical elements that compose them. They should also be able to draw the general shape of these molecules.
  • My Desert Sponge
    In this activity students will take care of a sponge for 24 hours. They must make adaptations for the creature to stay hydrated. They will also make observations.
  • Organic Substances
    Students will design and perform an experiment related to the properties of organic substances. The lab can be quite extensive or relatively short in duration depending on the number of substances tested and the number of tests desired by the teacher.
  • Properties of Water
    Students visit a series of stations to learn about water’s properties of heat capacity, pH, capillary action, cohesion, adhesion, surface area/evaporation, surface tension and as a solvent.
  • Wonderful Water
    In this activity students will be introduced to some of the important properties of water and some of the key vocabulary associated with water. This can be a group or an individual activity.

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