Students as Teachers Lessons

It has been my experience that teaching something helps me to learn it better. I would like for my students to teach/explain the following to their parents or guardian. I would like for the adult to mark how well it was taught on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 means the student doesn't know the material and needs more instruction. 5 means the student was able to successfully explain the concept to the adult.

1) Show them the glucose (sugar) molecule. Explain that the -'s are covalent (share electrons) bonds. Explain why every C has 4 bonds, every O has 2 bonds, and every H 1 bond. Remember "8 is great" and "2 will do"! Look at the amino acid and explain why the N in it has 3 bonds. Rating 1 2 3 4 5
2) Explain why we have represented glucose and other monosaccharides with a hexagon. Give 2 other examples of monosaccharides (fructose & galactose) and tell where they are found. Explain that monosaccharides are used by our bodies for energy! Rating 1 2 3 4 5
3) Take at least 3 molecules of glucose (with the H and OH) attached and show how monosaccharides (single sugars) can become polysaccharides (3 or more) by dehydration synthesis. Please cut them on the dotted lines. Take the H from one and the OH from the other and string the glucoses together. Rating 1 2 3 4 5
4) Explain that a single chain that you just made is starch. Add 3 glucoses underneath and explain that the double or triple chain is cellulose. Rating 1 2 3 4 5
5) Explain that the body uses starch to store extra glucose in a non-toxic form when we eat more sugar than we can stand in our blood. Explain that cellulose (fiber) is not digestible but helps keep our digestive system "regular." Ask if they know two disorders can happen if you have too much or too little cellulose? Rating 1 2 3 4 5
6) Explain the difference between a monomer like glucose and a polymer like starch or cellulose. Explain using the amino acid molecules (monomers) that they can become a protein (polymer) if put together by dehydration. Rating 1 2 3 4 5
7) Explain that DNA in the cell nucleus makes RNA which then puts the amino acids together in the right order to make proteins that then are you! Tell them how many variations there are to the R group of amino acids (20). Rating 1 2 3 4 5

8) Show them the fat (lipid) molecule on p. 46 in your text. Explain that our bodies use lipids to store extra energy. Look at all those bonds where the sun's energy is stored.

Rating 1 2 3 4 5

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