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Product 14151

By: The Flinn Staff

The Introduction to Carbohydrates, Structure and Properties Biochemistry Laboratory Kit is an engaging “mystery lab” that breaks the carbohydrate code. Learn about the structure and properties of carbohydrates and identify unknowns.

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Break the carbohydrate code in this engaging “mystery lab.” Students are the detectives as they learn about the structure and properties of carbohydrates and apply their knowledge to identify unknowns. The identities of five carbohydrates—starch, glucose, fructose, lactose and sucrose—have been scrambled. Students perform a set of four classification tests in sequence to unscramble the code and identify the carbohydrates. How are monosaccharides related to di- and polysaccharides? What is the difference between a reducing and a nonreducing sugar? Each classification test addresses one of these questions and provides a single clue that will reveal the identity of an unknown. Attention never wavers as students crack the carbohydrate code and solve the structures of the unknowns. Includes reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, complete Teacher Notes with sample data and answers to all questions and all necessary chemicals and consumable supplies.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.