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Organic Compounds Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of organic compounds. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Organic Compounds 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Organic Compounds Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Organic Compounds 5E Lesson, students will be able to identify organic and inorganic compounds based on the presence of a carbon-hydrogen bond. They will also be introduced to macromolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids/fats, proteins, and nucleic acids.

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The Organic Compounds Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

Students will model various compounds using the chemical and structural formulas. They will learn how to identify compounds as organic or inorganic.

The Organic Compounds Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and an CER conclusion.

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Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Visual Data & Graphing

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

Bell Ringers and Warm-Ups

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Review Board Games

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the organic compounds unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • How do you identify organic compounds?
  • How are organic compounds produced?
  • What elements are found in organic compounds?
  • How do you recognize organic compounds in chemical formulas?
  • MS PS1-1 - Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures
  • TEKS Science 7.13 C - Identify that organic compounds contain carbon and other elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, nitrogen, or sulfur

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