What Are CHNOPS?

It's the stuff of life! Where would we be without CHNOPS? Biology scholars discover the elements essential to life with a video from an engaging biology playlist. Topics covered include lipids, proteins, and DNA, as well as the trace elements in our bodies that perform other important functions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include the video in an introductory lesson about biological molecules
  • Challenge the class to name molecules that contain only the elements found in CHNOPS
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure the class is aware of covalent bond types and how ions form before watching the video
Pros

  • Visual elements allow young viewers to get a feel for chemical structures 
  • The explanations of the importance of each element are thorough yet student-friendly
Cons

  • None
Common Core