Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit©

Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit©


Don’t tell your students about membranes and how/why they form – let them discover the spontaneous formation of membranes for themselves using this kit that features the amphipathic structure of phospholipids – with their hydrophilic heads and hydrophobic tails. Your students will explore the chemical structure of a phospholipid and then construct a phospholipid monolayer, a micelle and a bilayer, leading to an understanding of the plasma membrane structure. Additional components of this kit allow students to construct lipid bilayers and consider the role of transport proteins in moving ions and small molecules across membranes.

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Kit Contents

1-Group 3-Group
50 Mini Phospholipids 150 Mini Phospholipids
5 Membranes 15 Membranes
5 Glucose 15 Glucose
30 H2O 90 H2O
28 Na+ 84 Na+
28 K+ 84 K+
1 Aquaporin 3 Aquaporin
1 K+ Leak Channel 3 K+ Leak Channel
1 Gated K+ Channel 3 Gated K+ Channel
1 GLUT1 Carrier Protein 3 GLUT1 Carrier Protein
1 Na+/K+ Pump 3 Na+/K+ Pump
6 Plastic Pegs 18 Plastic Pegs
Large Phospholipids Large Phospholipids
     3 Saturated Fatty Acid Tails      9 Saturated Fatty Acid Tails
     4 Unsaturated Fatty Acid Tails      12 Unsaturated Fatty Acid Tails
     9 Hydroxyl Groups      27 Hydroxyl Groups
     9 Hydrogen      27 Hydrogen
     1 Glycerol Backbone      3 Glycerol Backbone
     1 Phosphatidylinositol      3 Phosphatidylinositol
     1 Phosphatidylcholine      3 Phosphatidylcholine
     1 Phosphatidylserine      3 Phosphatidylserine
     1 Phosphatidylethanolamine      3 Phosphatidylethanolamine
1 Sticker Sheet 3 Sticker Sheets
Please allot approximately 45 minutes to assemble protein channels and affix stickers to pieces before use (per kit).

Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Teacher Resources

Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Contents and Assembly

Find information about the contents of your Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© and directions for assembling the pieces so you and your students can start exploring phospholipids and membranes.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Teacher Notes

This activity guide will help you consider different ways you may use these materials. We encourage you to modify these lessons and activities to meet the learning objectives and needs of your specific students.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Student Handout 1 and Key

Student Handout 1 introduces students to the composition and structure of triglycerides and phospholipids. Students use foam pieces to model triglyceride dehydration synthesis and phospholipid synthesis.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Student Handout 2 and Key

Student Handout 2 guides students through a series of activities using simplified representations of phospholipids to model a phospholipid monolayer, micelle and liposome.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Student Handout 3 and Key

Student Handout 3 familiarizes students with passive and active membrane transport using foam representations of aquaporin, a carrier protein, a gated sodium channel and a sodium-potassium pump.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Animations and Videos

Explore a variety of videos to enhance your use of the Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit and classroom study of phospholipids and cell membranes.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Digital Student Modeling Activity

Students can Build phospholipids and triglycerides, demonstrate hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties, construct a membrane and answer thought questions.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Additional Online Resources

A molecular landscape by David Goodsell, PhD illustrates how lipids are stored in large droplets inside cells.


Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Next Generation Science Standards

Connections to: A Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas


Product Details

Grade Level

Middle School
High School


Students per Group



Choking Hazard
Science Education Product
California Proposition 65

List Price

Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit©
    $49 (PMTK-01)
    $126 (PMTK-03)
Please allot approximately 45 minutes to assemble protein channels and affix stickers to pieces before use.

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Teacher Tip

Assemble kit(s) on poster board or a large piece of cardboard to make transportation easier.

Assemble kit(s) on a large dry erase board or butcher paper so students can draw additional pieces.

Colors may fade. Consider storing foam kits in a dark location such as a closet, cabinet or drawer.

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