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Below is a sample breakdown of the Organic Chemistry Basics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Carbon compound life forms|
|Description of organic chemistry, definition of carbon compound based life forms|
Functional groups including alcohols, halides, ethers, esters organic acids
|Tuesday|| Monomers and polymers|
|Definition of monomers and polymers, how they're formed, dimers, trimers|
Structure of carbohydrates, sugar molecules, monosaccharides, alpha linkage
Structure and function of proteins
|Definition of lipids, saturated fats, unsaturated fats, trans fats, steroid hormones|
How proteins are formed, peptide bonds, enzymes, transcription factors
|Thursday|| The 20 amino acids|
Amino acids, polymerization and peptide bonds
|Structure and characteristics of the 20 amino acids, categories, amino acid structure|
How peptides form, protein structure, types of peptides
|Friday|| Higher order protein structures|
Organic chemical reactions
|Primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure, denaturization, alpha helix, beta sheet, random coil|
Addition, substitution, oxidation, redox, esterification, fermentation
1. Organic Chemistry & the Study of Carbon Compound Life Forms
Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-containing compounds. This lesson will explore why carbon is such an important element, and how organic chemistry is related to your life.
2. Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups
If you've ever wondered what gives vinegar that sour flavor, you may not realize that you have contemplated functional groups. View this lesson for an introduction to organic chemistry, functional groups and how they are part of your daily life.
3. Organic Compounds Lesson Plan
If you are discussing organic compounds, this lesson explores the uses of carbon and its bonds. Students will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, play a game, and take a quiz.
4. Introduction to Organic Molecules II: Monomers and Polymers
From everyday man-made items like milk jugs and styrofoam to natural proteins and plant materials, the world is full of polymers! Check out this lesson to learn how polymers are constructed on a molecular level.
5. Polymers Lesson Plan
Learning about complex molecules, like polymers, can feel overwhelming, but this lesson plan on natural and synthetic polymers can help teachers illustrate these topics. By using hands-on activities and fun videos, students will easily grasp the concepts associated with polymers.
6. Structure and Function of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are found in many foods that we eat and may be found as sugars, starches, or fiber. Learn more about these three distinct types of carbohydrates, and how they are distinguished through their chemical structures in this lesson.
7. Structure and Function of Lipids
Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine the way they act. They can be fats, oils, or hormones, and even exist in our cell membranes. Learn more about the chemical structure and biological function of various lipids in this lesson.
8. Proteins I: Structure and Function
We need our proteins, not just as a major food group but for the many useful roles that they play in our bodies. In our introductory lesson to proteins, you'll learn about the many functions we rely on them to perform.
9. Protein Structure Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce students to proteins and their structure. Students will read two text lessons, discuss proteins, and create detailed drawings of protein structures.
10. Proteins III: Structure and Characteristics of the 20 Amino Acids
How do amino acids form the intricate polypeptide chains found in proteins? It's a matter of chemistry. Join glycine, a special amino acid, as she sizes up the other amino acids.
11. Proteins II: Amino Acids, Polymerization and Peptide Bonds
In this lesson, we'll take a deeper look at amino acids. You'll learn what makes a peptide, and what separates a protein from other kinds of amino acid bonds.
12. Protein Synthesis Lesson Plan
Protein synthesis is so very important to our bodies and your students will learn about this important process as they watch a video, read a lesson, create protein profiles and take a quiz.
13. Protein Synthesis Activities & Games
Protein synthesis is one of the hardest parts of biology. This series of activities gives students the chance to explore protein synthesis by being creative and using hands-on methods.
14. Protein Synthesis Project Ideas
Teaching your students about translation and transcription, the steps of protein synthesis, has never been more fun! Use the projects in this lesson to jump start the excitement level of your instruction.
15. Proteins IV: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structure
How is progressing through higher order protein structures like crafting an essay? In this lesson, you'll explore everything from quaternary structures to denaturation as we show how the different structures are intertwined.
16. Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking
Organic molecules can combine, swap atoms, break apart and even make more of themselves. In this lesson, we will explore several organic reactions with examples.
17. Organic Chemical Reactions: Redox, Esterification & Fermentation
There are many different types of reactions that occur in organic chemistry. This lesson will highlight three reactions, explaining which organic molecules are the reactants and which are the products, as well as what occurs during the reaction.
18. Yeast Fermentation Lesson Plan
How can you teach your students about how alcohol is created? In this lesson plan, you will have a video and activities that explain how yeast fermentation is used to make alcohol.
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