Organic Chemistry Activities

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Organic chemistry focuses on the study of carbon-based compounds, which exist all around us. Use these activities to help students understand some basic concepts including fundamental groups, polymers and monomers, and lipids.

Complex Carbon

Whether it's the fat in the potato chips they eat, the nylon in their backpacks, or the yeast in the bread they eat, students encounter organic chemistry daily. Organic chemistry is the study of carbon and the compounds in which it is present. When students learn about organic chemistry, they can better understand the world around them and the way different substances form and interact with each other. Let's look at some activities to help students learn more about organic chemistry.

Functional Group Models

Students will construct examples of compounds in different functional groups.


  • Diagrams of chemical structures
  • Play dough (different colors)
  • Toothpicks

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