Testing for Life’s Molecules

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Want to hear a joke about sodium? Na. Young scientists test various materials to identify if they include protein, starch, and glucose by using the Biuret test, iodine starch test, and Benedict's test respectively. After practicing with known substances, they apply their practice to learn about a mystery substance.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow students to research current ISS research projects and see how they relate to this lesson
  • Have pupils come up with questions to ask the astronauts on the ISS and submit them online
Classroom Considerations
  • Depending on the class size, set up more than one of each station
  • Divide students into groups of exactly three
  • Provides extensions and modifications
  • Hands-on experiment engages young scientists
  • Includes lab worksheets
  • None
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