This enzyme lesson and notes provide all you need to teach Enzymes! Full lesson plans with Doodle Notes, along with activities, demonstrations and a lab. Your students will see, act out, and experience Enzymes as Biological Catalysts. Awe them with enzyme chemical reaction demonstrations!
Your students will become the enzymes, substrates and products with kinesthetic learning activities!
Lessons culminate with an enzyme lab – give students the opportunity to experiment with enzyme reaction rates in different conditions!
The Enzymes Lesson and Notes emphasizes these concepts:
- Enzyme’s shape is specific to its substrate
- Enzymes are Biological Catalysts
- How enzymes speed up reaction rates
- Enzymes lower activation energy
- Enzyme concentration and reaction rate
- Denatured enzymes are the wrong shape
- Enzymes can be denatured by pH and high temps
- How and why temp and pH impact reaction rates
TWO Google Slide shows are provided:
- that walks teachers though exactly how the resource is designed to be used, step by step
- to present to students while working through the lessons.
that overlap and loop content so that key concepts and ideas are reinforced. Each page of doodle notes is provided in three forms: a blank copy, a filled in black and white copy, and a filled in colored copy.
The doodle notes incorporate multiple demonstrations, hands on activities, and multiple ways of acting out enzymatic reactions.
This resource includes a full description of set up and explanation of each activity and demonstration. All are easy to set up and LOW PREP. One activity is a lab, complete with student instructions and lab questions on . Includes a digital copy of everything that is fully editable (expect the doodle notes sheets)!
Doodle notes are so much fun!
The purpose of doodle notes is to make note-taking more engaging and memorable for students.Research shows that doodle notes require both hemispheres of the brain – the analytical right side and the creative left side. Using both sides of the brain activates more memory-building neurons which leads to higher retention.
Doodle notes are especially helpful for students who are visual learners. The pictures and colors they create while making doodle notes are much easier for them to recall than black and white fill-in-the-blank or skeleton notes.
I use doodle notes a few different ways in the classroom, depending on time available and the needs of the students. Here are some possibilities:
- Use a document camera and fill in the notes along with the students- doing just a bit at a time and pausing to let students draw or color before moving on to the next part.
- Present information in a typical way, small bits at a time – with PowerPoint, short video clip, or reading. Then give students digital access to an already complete version of the notes for them to mirror, or…
- Invite students to use what they learn to fill in their own notes, which allows for even more creativity. Allow them time to share what they have doodled with one or more students to reinforce the topics!
Students who have never done doodle notes before may find it hard to come up with ways to illustrate information and will benefit from scaffolding and examples!
Additional resources needed for the demonstrations and activities in these lessons:
- Many strips of scrap paper 1’’ x 8’’
- Disposable plastic straws that bend at the top – two per student
- Raw potatoes, cut into cubes
- A cooked potato
- Strong Acid and Base (I use 6 molar NaOH and HCl)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Test tubes – 7 per group
- Droppers – three per group
- Graduated cylinders – at least three
- Scissors – one pair per student, or per pair of students
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What some happy teachers are saying about the Enzyme Lesson and Notes:
Great outline of information about enzymes. The lab was a great simple set up that I could have the students perform at their stations, socially distant without a extreme amount of movement! – Allison B. September 21, 2020
Great visual resource! S.L. September 18, 2019