Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Teacher Resources

 

Our new Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© introduces 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit Next Generation Science Standards

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

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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.

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Phospholipid & Membrane Transport Kit© Animations and Videos

Jack Szostak, PhD, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, compares the properties of primitive lipid vesicles and modern membranes and talks about the biophysical properties of fatty-acid-based membranes, liposomes and micelles at different pH conditions.

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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.

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