Anatomy of a Pizza

My colleagues have been using the McMush lab to test for the presence of macromolecules in a Happy Meal, but it honestly makes me gag, so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement. Then today, I serendipitously found both this image and this resource!!! Pizza truly is the best thing ever.

pizza salad

Basically, in this activity, students dissect a slice of pizza and determine which food group each part comes from, the average portion size of each of the components, and then the caloric value of them.



fold it

Super cool video game to not only teach kids how protein folding works, but it actually helps to figure out the 3D structures of proteins that we don’t know yet so we can help to treat human disease. SO COOL!!!

Check it out here.

When you burn off the fat, where does it go?

This is a great article by NPR on a question pertinent to most of us trying to lose that extra holiday ‘couple:

When you burn off the fat, where does it go?

I’ve used it as an introduction to macromolecules and cellular respiration, but it’s also a great side article that gets students thinking about what being on a diet and weight loss really is.