Bond: a feeling or an agreement that unites two or more individuals.
pH: a number that describes how acidic or basic a substance is. The pH scale goes is from 1-14, with lower numbers being more acidic and higher numbers being more basic.
Protein: a type of molecule found in the cells of living things, made up of special building blocks called amino acids.
The short activity Breaking Proteins helps students visualize how conditions can affect protein structure, and the ability of proteins to function. The activity can be done with simple materials found in most homes. The activity is written for students at a middle school or higher level, but with more intense guidance, this activity is useful for students of any age. Download the classroom packet (PDF).
Tips for Classroom Implementation
Time Required: 1 hour
Next Generation Science Standards:
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.
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3. Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10. By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6 – 8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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Karla Moeller. (2018, May 29). Breaking Proteins - For Teachers. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 16, 2021 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/denature-proteins-teachers
Karla Moeller. "Breaking Proteins - For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 29 May, 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/denature-proteins-teachers
Karla Moeller. "Breaking Proteins - For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 29 May 2018. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 16 Jun 2021. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/denature-proteins-teachers