Copyright

Ch 18: Organic Chemistry Basics Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Organic Chemistry Basics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the fundamental principles of organic chemistry in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayCarbon compound life forms
Functional groups
Description of organic chemistry, definition of carbon compound based life forms
Functional groups including alcohols, halides, ethers, esters organic acids
Tuesday Monomers and polymers
Carbohydrates
Definition of monomers and polymers, how they're formed, dimers, trimers
Structure of carbohydrates, sugar molecules, monosaccharides, alpha linkage
Wednesday Lipids
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

18 Lessons in Chapter 18: Organic Chemistry Basics Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Organic Chemistry & the Study of Carbon Compound Life Forms

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.

Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups

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.

Organic Compounds Lesson Plan

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.

Introduction to Organic Molecules II: Monomers and Polymers

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.

Polymers Lesson Plan

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.

Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

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.

Structure and Function of Lipids

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.

Proteins I: Structure and Function

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.

Protein Structure Lesson Plan

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.

Proteins III: Structure and Characteristics of the 20 Amino Acids

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.

Proteins II: Amino Acids, Polymerization and Peptide Bonds

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.

Protein Synthesis Lesson Plan

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.

Protein Synthesis Activities & Games

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.

Protein Synthesis Project Ideas

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.

Proteins IV: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structure

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.

Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking

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.

Organic Chemical Reactions: Redox, Esterification & Fermentation

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.

Yeast Fermentation Lesson Plan

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support